FREEDOM BOROUGH COUNCIL- Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes- May 11th, 2022


*No public meeting was held this month due to not having enough council members present to conduct a session



​​​2022 Council Meeting Minutes


FREEDOM BOROUGH COUNCIL- Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes- April 13, 2022

Freedom Borough Council met this evening at 6:00 PM for their regular monthly meeting in the Municipal Complex with the following members of Council present: Vice-President Eric Climo, William Smith, Mark Forrest, Sydney Kaercher. On the telephone was Dan Baker. Also, present was Mayor Nadine Padezanin.

Absent: President; John Kaercher

Pledge of allegiance was held.

Vice-President Eric Climo reminded everyone present Council members and petitioners that all cell phones cannot be on during the meeting. They should be placed on vibrate and you will need to leave the building if you want to use your cell phone.

PETITONERS:

Kim Rygiel of 1051 8th Ave. Has concerns of property owner at 1041 8th Ave. is cutting down trees and wants to make sure he knows the property line. He also applied for a permit to put a parking lot in. Concerns if he removes dirt, it could cause a landslide. E. Climo suggests for her to get a survey done. Freedom will talk to the engineer about the permit.

She also asked if she can get some gravel on Laurel Alley to fill pot holes.

Rosemarie Lucente of 1445 6th Avenue

*Motion to exonerate taxes on Parcel No. 25-001-0815.000 was made by B. Smith and seconded by K. Horan.

All Voted. Motion Carried.

Rosemarie will bring a copy letter from the School Board to the Boro office tomorrow morning.

Joe Zindren of 401 8th Street is here to get taxes exonerated.

*Motion to exonerate taxes on Parcel No. 26-001-0542-000 was made by M. Forrest and seconded by K. Horan.

All Voted. Motion Carried.

Joe said the Beaver County Assessment office also told him he needs a letter from the Borough.

Katie Prest of 860 Spruce Street Rochester. Is here to ask permission to have a memorial Car Cruise in memory of her Uncle Bill Prest. The Council approved and (Recreation) will be working with her on the details.

Brooke Burtner – observing

ENGINEERS REPORT:


NO REPORT

STREET DEPT. REPORT:

Had an issue today with 10th Street and 5th Ave. Resident had issues with sewer back up. Mr. Drum will look at the problem. B. Smith asked about the 8th Ave. sink hole in yard. E. Climo said they had asked John Bawleski to take a look at it. E. Climo said he will get a bottle of dye and they can do a test. There has been a date set of April 28, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. to meet with PennDOT at the Boro office to discuss the Agility program. J. Baker said the 3rd Ave & 8th street work hit a wire while cutting the road. Need to purchase light bulbs for the black street lights.

*Motion to accept Street Department Report was made by B. Smith and seconded by S. Kaercher.

All voted. Motion carried.

MAYOR REPORT / POLICE REPORT:

*Motion to dissolve the Freedom Police Dept. exchange online yearly subscription in the amount
of $203.52 through mgsoft-net. was made by M. Forrest and seconded by E. Climo

All Voted. Motion Carried.

Police Regional meeting is scheduled for May 5th 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. at the Baden Boro Building. Hopefully someone from the Council can join me on this next one. Anyone interested in joining various committees with The Regional Police Committee, please let me know.


Need to know what Council members will be attending the Memorial Day parade. They have seats available if interested.


Very happy with the Police Services with no complaints. I want to make sure our community knows we are trying to clean up our community. There will be notices sent out if you do not clean up your residence.

*Motion to accept the Mayor/ police Report was made by M. Forrest and seconded by B. Smith.

All Voted. Motion Carried.

MINUTES:

*Motion to approve the minutes from the workshop meeting 3/7/2022 and the monthly meeting 3/9/2022 was made by B. Smith and seconded by K. Horan.

All voted. S. Kaercher abstained has not viewed them yet.

Roll Call vote, K. Horan; yes, S. Kaercher; abstained, E. Climo; yes, M. Forrest; yes and B. Smith; yes.

All Voted. Motion carried.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

*Motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made by S. Kaercher and seconded by M. Forrest.

All voted. Motion carried

BILLS:

*Motion to pay bills in the amount of $19,031.49 and any bills deemed necessary before next month’s meeting was made by S. Kaercher and seconded by M. Forrest.

All voted. Motion Carried.

SOLICITOR REPORT:

*Motion to ratify the phone vote conducted on March 22, 2022 to appoint J. Phillip Colavincenzo as the Solicitor to the Freedom Zoning Hearing Board was made by M. Forrest and seconded by B. Smith. K. Horan Abstained he was not included in call. Roll call vote: K. Horan; No. S. Kaercher; yes. E. Climo; yes. M. Forrest; yes. B. Smith; yes. D. Baker; yes.

All Voted, Motion Carried.

*Motion to accept the Solicitors report was made by B. Smith and seconded by M. Forrest.

All voted. Motion carried.

CORRESPONDANCE:

Code Enforcement report from Peggy Griffith for March 2022. Beaver County Residential Demolition Program / application. Discussion was made on this County program from the Solicitor. Solicitor will call Peggy Griffith to get a list to prioritize the condemned properties.

Code Enforcement report from Brian Richards for March 2022.

*Motion to accept the Code enforcement report from B. Richards was made by K. Horan and seconded by S. Kaercher.

All Voted. Motion Carried.

COMMITTEES:

Bill Smith-Personnel: to go over job descriptions for Road dept.

Mark Forrest- Finance: When tax money starts coming in, we need to move the 74,000 from the ARP

to its own account.

Eric Climo- Street Dept: Covered mostly everything at work session. Discussion on the paving Bids

from last year.

S. Kaercher- Recreation: Easter Egg Hunt was April 9th had a really good turn out with over 200 kids.
Great team effort. We have a meeting tonight at 8:00 p.m. for Recreation for people who want to be on the
committee.

Kevin Horan- Grants: Earth Day Celebration at April 23 at noon. Fun activities and snacks and a few
plantings. I reached out to the Engineer, waiting for him to get back to me to draft up grants for Comprehensive Planning. I reached out to Shell, response from Shell is we no longer accept unsolicited grants. They will actually reach out to you, if they feel you qualify. Kevin Bowser said he will reach out to Shell. I also e-mailed all 3 Beaver County Commissioners for a meet n greet. I also reached out to Beaver County Community Development. Update of website: frame work is done. February minutes are posted I will put March this week.

S. Kaercher and Mayor Padezanin
wanted to make sure a Big Thank you went out to the community on all the donations that made the Easter Egg Hunt a success.

NEW BUSINESS:


On March 15th & 16th Ron Miles; Road Dept., Eric Climo; Vice-President Council, Brian Richards; Code Enforcement all became certified with the Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) with the Dirt, Gravel & Low Volume Roads through Beaver County Conservation Dist. and Penn State and DCNR.

*Motion to adopt Resolution No. 04132022-2 A RESOLUTION OF THE GOVERNING BOARD OF FREEDOM BOROUGH, AUTHORIZING, THE PROPER OFFICERS OF THE GOVERNING BOARD TO APPOINT A LIAISON BETWEEN IT AND BERKHEIMER, THE DULY APPOINTED COLLECTOR OF LOCAL SERVICES TAX FOR THE DISTRICT, FOR THE EXPRESS PURPOSE OF SHARING CONFIDENTIAL TAX INFORMATION WITH THE DISTRICT FOR OFFICIAL PURPOSES.

*Motion to adopt Resolution No. 04132022-3:   A RESOLUTION OF THE GOVERNING BOARD OF FREEDOM BOROUGH, DIRECTING THE PROPER OFFICERS OF THE GOVERNING BOARD TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH BERKHEIMER WHEREUNDER BERKHEIMER IS RETAINED AS THE EXCLUSIVE TAX OFFICER FOR THE COLLECTION, ADMINISTRATION, RECEIPT AND ENFORCEMENT OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE RESPECTIVE TAX ENACTMENT OF THE GOVERNING BOARD LEVYING AND ASSESSING THE LOCAL SERVICES TAX FOR THE TERM HEREIN DEFINED.

*Motion to adopt Resolution No. 04132022-4:  A RESOLUTION OF THE GOVERNING BOARD OF FREEDOM BOROUGH, AUTHORIZING, EMPOWERING AND DIRECTING THE PROPER OFFICERS OF THE GOVERNING BOARD TO APPOINT BERKHEIMER AS ITS TAX HEARING OFFICER UNDER AND PURSUANT TO THE LOCAL TAXPAYERS BILL OF RIGHTS FOR THE EXPRESS PURPOSE OF ADJUDICATING APPEALS THEREUNDER.

*Motion to adopt Resolution No. 04132022-5:   A RESOLUTION OF THE GOVERNING BOARD OF FREEDOM BOROUGH, AUTHORIZING AND EMPOWERING ITS LOCAL TAX COLLECTOR, BERKHEIMER, TO IMPOSE AND RETAIN COSTS OF COLLECTION ON DELINQUENT TAXES.

We also would like to Congratulate Freedom High School Girls basketball team the Head Coach John Kaercher and Asst. Coach Sydney Kaercher for having an awesome season and bringing home the Silver Medal for the State Championship on Saturday March 26, 2022. Great job Lady Bulldogs and coaching staff!

Reminder to turn in Ethics Form.

OLD BUSINESS:


No old business

*Motion to adjourn at 7:24 PM was made by S. Kaercher, seconded by B. Smith.

All voted. Motion carried.



FREEDOM BOROUGH COUNCIL- Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes- June 8th, 2022

Freedom Borough Council met this evening at 6:00 PM for their regular monthly meeting in the Municipal Complex with the following members of Council present: President John Kaercher, William Smith, Mark Forrest, Sydney Kaercher. On the telephone was Dan Baker. Also, present was Mayor Nadine Padezanin.


Absent: President; Vice-President Eric Climo, Bernie Rabik; Solicitor


Pledge of allegiance was held.

President J. Kaercher said our Solicitor is absent tonight due to surgery, he is available if needed by phone.

 
President John Kaercher reminded everyone present Council members and petitioners that all cell phones cannot be on during the meeting. They should be placed on vibrate and you will need to leave the building if you want to use your cell phone.

PETITONERS:

Matt Hogue of 125 6th Ave. Couple signs that are completed faded out; No left turn at 2nd St. & 5th Ave.  No left turn at 6th Ave and 1st St. Bent One Way sign at 5th Ave and 1st St. A lot of vehicles going the wrong way. Love to see Boro focus on getting the signs straightened out.

Ron & Sharon Boord 1510 5th Ave. Complaining about 1501 5th Ave. neighbor burning construction material from his job, that he starts with gasoline. I have talked to landlord about it. Cannot open windows from smell. Also, yard looks like a junk yard. Pictures were left with Boro. Will contact Peggy Griffith code enforcer. 

Ralf James 1530 6th Ave. complaining about 1525 5th Ave. grass needs cut. Property has rats. Retaining wall still collapsed. Boro will contact Peggy Griffith code enforcer.

Jacob Weaver 903 6th Ave. Built a retaining wall in my back yard a few years back with a permit. I am selling my house now and Peggy told me might be a problem for Occupancy, she said she will not hold up the sale. I need to check with Freedom Council to make sure they will not come after me after the sale. The road was already bad before I started work. I offered to help fix, get my concrete saw, form it up. I just need someone to pay for the concrete and bring the back hoe back here. J. Kaercher said we will have the engineer take a look at it.

Scott Challis could not make meeting due to not feeling well. Wanted the Council to be aware of water runoff from the property above him running into his yard and around his swimming pool. J. Kaercher gets a chance he will take a look at it.

 ENGINEERS REPORT:

  

NO REPORT

STREET DEPT. REPORT:

*A double Motion was made by M. Forrest and seconded by B. Smith to enter into an Agility Agreement between Freedom Borough and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation This agreement shall be effective for an initial 5- year period.

 *Motion to adopt Resolution No. 05112022-6   authorizing Freedom Borough President as the PennDOT agility partner to be authorized and directed to sign the attached agreement on Behalf of the Agility partner.

All voted. Motion Carried.

* Motion to register to participate in Federal Surplus Property Program was made by B. Smith and seconded by K. Horan, you must reapply every three years.

All voted. Motion Carried.

*Motion to accept Street Department Report was made by M. Forrest and seconded by K. Horan.

 All voted. Motion carried.

MAYOR REPORT / POLICE REPORT:

*Motion to approve the handicap parking sign at 1060 4th Ave. was made by M. Forrest and seconded by K. Horan.

All voted. Motion Carried.

Just to make sure everyone understands anyone with a handicap placard is able to park there.

Review of Police Report. J. Kaercher said there has been a huge presence of Police in town. Mayor wanted to thank all who took part in making the Memorial Day parade a huge success! Community involvement is needed in Freedom. Police Regional meetings need more attendance from Council. June 16th @ 6:00 p.m. Conway office is next meeting. Discussion was made on Solicitor. Discussion was also made on tax collector. All calls should be directed to Melissa.

We have a resident who is willing to repair of gazebo roof. Repair of street lights; we believe E. Climo is looking into this. Nets for the basketball courts are up, we have a backup set too.

*Motion to accept the mayor/ police Report was made by K. Horan and seconded by B. Smith.

All Voted. Motion Carried.

 MINUTES:

*Motion to approve the minutes from the workshop meeting 4/4/2022 and the monthly meeting 4/13/2022 was made by

M. Forrest and seconded by K. Horan.

All voted.  Motion Carried.
                                                                                                                                                      
TREASURER’S REPORT:

*Motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made by B. Smith and seconded by M. Forrest.   

 All voted. Motion carried

 BILLS:

*Motion to pay bills in the amount of $11,994.48 and any bills deemed necessary before next month’s meeting or as money becomes available was made by M. Forrest and seconded by K. Horan.

All voted. Motion Carried.

SOLICITOR REPORT:  


No report.

CORRESPONDANCE:

                       Code Enforcement report from Peggy Griffith for March 2022.                                               


Code Enforcement report from Brian Richards for March 2022.

*Motion to accept the Code enforcement report from B. Richards was made by K. Horan and seconded by S. Kaercher.

All Voted. Motion Carried.

COMMITTEES:

   Bill Smith: Personnel:


Review Road Dept. applicants in executive session.

 Mark Forrest: Finance:


Nothing at this time.

    S. Kaercher: Recreation:  

Aiming for a movie night this month. Discussion was made on the electricity for that event. We should have a criminal background and child abuse clearance to serve on Recreation committee and we will keep on file in office. Sharon, please call the committee.

                               Kevin Horan: Grants:

Spoke with Brenda Applegate from Vicary House and they really want to have closer ties with Council. Was hoping to piggyback this year with activities. Discussion was made on when Freedom homecoming will be.

 NEW BUSINESS:  


Sharon has permission to call and check different phone service for Boro office. We do not need all the phone lines. The Fire Dept. will have someone come check to see why the internet is not working for them,
             Comcast was out and said the server is all good.

              Letter from Debbie DeDominicis Re: sale of a piece of her property to neighbor. J. Kaercher will call Debbie and tell her to move forward with this.

              M. Forrest said the BFWA went up and replaced all the caps on fire plugs that were stolen. The fire hydrants were all checked to make sure they are working properly.

OLD BUSINESS:


No old business
*Motion to enter into executive session at 7:18 p.m. was made by B. Smith and seconded by K. Horan.

All voted. Motion Carried.

 * Motion to come out of executive session at 7:27 p.m. was made by M. Forrest and seconded by B. Smith.

All voted. Motion carried.

*Motion to hire Robert Kumrow as Road Dept. full time Laborer at $17.00 an hour on a 60-day probation; after that he will be at $17.50 was made by B. Smith and seconded by M. Forrest.

All voted. Motion carried.

*Motion to elevate Ronald Miles to Road Foreman position to replace retired John Baker and starting at John Baker’s current wage was made by M. Forrest and seconded by K. Horan.

All voted. Motion carried.

*Motion to adjourn at 7:36 PM was made by K. Horan and seconded by M. Forrest.

All voted. Motion carried.

Discussion was made on the paving project. Sharon will contact Baker Engineer and see if they have a copy of the bid that came in from Youngblood Paving last September or October 2021.



FREEDOM BOROUGH COUNCIL- Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes- March 9, 2022

Freedom Borough Council met this evening at 6:00 PM for their regular monthly meeting in the Municipal Complex with the following members of Council present: President John Kaercher, William Smith, Mark Forrest, Vice-President Eric Climo, Sydney Kaercher. On the telephone was Dan Baker. Also, present was Mayor Nadine Padezanin and Code Enforcer Brian Richards.


Pledge of allegiance was held.

President John Kaercher reminded everyone present Council members and petitioners that all cell phones cannot be on during the meeting. They should be placed on vibrate and you will need to leave the building if you want to use your cell phone.

PETITONERS:

James Kronk Here to observe.

Michael Szatkewiz of 999 10th St. is concerned over the cars/trucks that park on 3rd Avenue. He would like the Council to make it No parking. You are not able to see when pulling out. Also, there is water leaking from the Oak Grove cemetery between 9th street and 11th street. J. Kaercher advised him to go see the cemetery and see what they can do to help with the situation.
 
Jim Whelan: Here to observe

Gary Gilarno:  Here to observe

ENGINEERS REPORT: 


NO REPORT

STREET DEPT. REPORT:

John Baker said we have a tree down between Conway Freedom ramp on 65. Council told John to call a couple tree services get quote on taking tree down and clean-up. Also get quote to rent a chipper. John also talked with Brian Giles on the snow plow re: the new type of squeegee. Eric Climo said to go this week and look at Conway’s. Need to order sooner than later.

*Motion to purchase 225 tons of salt for the 2022-2023 year through COSTARS was made by M. Forrest and seconded by B. Smith.

All voted. Motion carried.

*Motion to accept Street Department Report was made by B. Smith and seconded by M. Forrest.

All voted. Motion carried.

MAYOR REPORT / POLICE REPORT:

Mayor Padezanin reviewed the monthly police report. Overall, no issues.  Remind everyone the Regional Police meeting is tomorrow at Conway. I recommend all to attend if able.

* Motion to accept the mayor / police report was made by E. Climo, seconded by K. Horan.

All voted. Motion carried.

MINUTES:

*Motion to approve the minutes from the workshop meeting 2/7/2022 and the monthly meeting 2/9/2022 was made by S. Kaercher and seconded by E. Climo.


All voted. Motion carried.

TREASUER’S REPORT:

*Motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made by E. Climo seconded by S. Kaercher.

All voted. Motion carried.

B. Smith mentioned when we get grant monies or donations, we should be sure to make a line item in the budget for the item.

BILLS:

 *Motion to pay bills in the amount of $19,031.49 and any bills deemed necessary before next month’s meeting was made by S. Kaercher and seconded by B. Smith.


All voted. Motion Carried.

SOLICITOR REPORT:  

Solicitor advised Sharon to address a letter to Berkheimer, telling Berkheimer that Freedom would like to retain their services, asking for the terms and conditions under which they will collect the taxes.

*Motion to accept the Solicitors report was made by E. Climo and seconded by K. Horan.

All voted. Motion carried.

 CORRESPONDANCE:

Code Enforcement report from Peggy Griffith for February 2022.

*Motion to have solicitor file a complaint with the B.C. Court of Common Pleas stating the condemned properties should be vacated was made by B. Smith and seconded by M. Forrest.

All Voted. Motion Carried.

Code Enforcement report from Brian Richards for February 2022.

Solicitor Rabik asked B. Richards to let him see the citation before he takes it to the Magistrates office.

*Motion to accept the Code enforcement report from B. Richards was made by K. Horan and seconded by S. Kaercher.


All Voted. Motion Carried.

COMMITTEES:

Bill Smith- Personnel: to go over job descriptions for Road dept. Need to review the internet services for the Boro and decrease bill if possible.

 Mark Forrest- Finance: only question I had was on the grant money. County is upgrading the digital radio service which means the Fire Dept. will have to come up with this expense.

Eric Climo- Street Dept:  Covered mostly everything at work session.

S. Kaercher- Recreation:  Easter Egg hunt April 9th @ 1:30. Will need volunteers.

Need to contact insurance carriers to make sure we are covered for these types of events.

Kevin Horan- Grants & Public Funding:  meeting Rep. Matzie tomorrow morning to see if he has anything to offer. Meeting with Sen Vogel as well. Meeting with Boro engineer re: Comprehensive Plan. Meeting with New Sewickley Rec. Board to see how they do things. Planning an Earth Day event on April 23rd. E. Climo asked K. Horan to check on grants for road signage in Freedom. B. Rabik stated Freedom Boro should have their own Planning Commission. Start out with 3 people.

Matt Hogue, Darla McFee serves on this Board already. Per Solicitor; The PSAB should be contacted 
when it comes to applying for a grant.  Kevin will stop in Boro office tomorrow to confirm website info.

 NEW BUSINESS:

*Motion to have a blanket motion to Exonerate taxes on the following parcels was made by E. Climo and seconded by B. Smith.

All Voted.   Motion Carried.

Parcel # 26-001-0831-000 1155 6th Ave.

Parcel # 27-001-0816.000 450 4th Ave.

Parcel # 27-001-0406.000 533 4th Ave.

Parcel # 27-001-0612-000 299 4th Ave.

Discussion was made on updating the process of exoneration of taxes in Freedom.

*Motion to approve the e-mail FreedomRoadsandRefuse@gmail.com was made by K. Horan and seconded by E. Climo.

All Voted. Motion Carried.

* Motion to approve contract with Affordable Pest Solutions starting June 1, 2022 was made by K. Horan and seconded B. Smith.

All Voted. Motion Carried.

Reminder to turn in Ethics Form.


OLD BUSINESS:


No old business.

*Motion to adjourn at 7:24 PM was made by S. Kaercher, seconded by B. Smith.

 All voted. Motion Carried.

End of Meeting


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     FREEDOM BOROUGH COUNCIL- February 9th, 2022- Regular Monthly Meeting Minutes

 Freedom Borough Council met this evening at 6:00 PM for their regular monthly meeting in the Municipal    Complex with the following members of Council present: President John Kaercher, Kevin Horan, William Smith, Mark Forrest, Vice-President Eric Climo, Sydney Kaercher. On the telephone was Dan Baker. Also, present was Mayor Nadine Padezanin.

Pledge of allegiance was held.


President John Kaercher reminded everyone present Council members and petitioners that all cell phones cannot be on during the meeting. They should be placed on vibrate and you will need to leave the building if you want to use your cell phone.

PETITONERS:

Matt Arbutina who lives at 819 19th St. Freedom. I own 2 properties in Freedom, one on 3rd St. which is a garage and a house 1041 8th Avenue. Hoping to get some salt, so I could clear the street and use the salt to treat the road for access. With approval from Council Matt will contact John Baker to get salt when needed to treat the alley, that cannot be reached by the Road Dept.

Jennifer Waggoner, 1730 5th Ave. Freedom. Would like to have speed bumps on 5th Ave. people do not stop at stop signs. Dennis got hit by a car and is really messed up. Concerned over how fast vehicles go. Mayor Padezanin will go over this with Chief Adam. Per Solicitor, once the parties are identified please call me and I will help with this.

Dennis Frisco, 1730 5th Ave. was the person injured. No one stops at the stop signs; they blow through all stop signs all day long.

Robert Fehir 455 6th St. Freedom. Two churches below me The Lord of the Harvest. They do not 
clean the sidewalks since COVID started. My daughter slipped and fell on the ice trying to get to the bus stop. Also, the people who own the property where the big school used to be, the sidewalk is not cleaned off. The children have to wait on the road for the school bus. We will call Peggy Griffith and have her look into this.

Tom Wingrove 420 6th St. has not had garbage picked up for 4 weeks. Valley waste response is the road needs cleared in winter. Much discussion was made on this. Eric Climo will put a call into Valley Waste.

 ENGINEERS REPORT:

Kevin Horan spoke on his comments which were made from reaching out to the Engineer applicants and recommended L.S.S.E.

*Motion to hire MS Consultants as the Freedom Borough Engineer was made by E. Climo and seconded by M. Forrest. There was discussion and a roll call vote was done. Bill Smith no, Mark Forrest yes, Eric Climo yes, Sydney Kaercher yes, Kevin Horan no, Dan Baker no, John Kaercher abstained due to conflict of interest.  Mayor Padezanin voted yes to break the tie. Mayor Padezanin was worried if we wait, we might miss the boat with the deadline for grants.

 STREET DEPT. REPORT:

John Baker said we do have salt. I will get with Secretary by March to order salt with COSTARS.

*Motion to accept Street Department Report was made by B. Smith and seconded by K. Horan.

 All voted. Motion carried.

*Motion to have the minimum purchase of 22 tons for the 2022-2023 salt order unforeseen any changes from Mr. Baker were made by E. Climo and seconded by M. Forrest.

All voted. Motion carried.

MAYOR REPORT / POLICE REPORT:

Mayor Padezanin reviewed the monthly police report. There was a hit and run and we are looking into that with Adam. Remind everyone the Regional Police meeting is tomorrow.

* Motion to accept the mayor report was made by M. Forrest, seconded by S. Kaercher.

All voted. Motion carried.

 MINUTES:

*Motion to approve the minutes from 01/12/22 was made by M. Forrest seconded by S. Kaercher.

All voted. Motion carried.

 TREASUER’S REPORT:

*Motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made by S. Kaercher seconded by B. Smith.   

 All voted. Motion carried.  

Mark Forrest asked that in the newspaper he saw Freedom Boro was Awarded over $200,000 in grant money. As of today, S. Miller said the money was not received. Discussion was made.

Solicitor Rabik is going to reach out to the County and find more information on this grant.

BILLS:

J. Kaercher commented on bills and noted that everything looked normal we did have additional salt costs and the paying of the quarterly Police Services.

*Motion to pay bills in the amount of $74,952.12 and any bills deemed necessary before next month’s meeting was made by M. Forrest and seconded by S. Kaercher.

All voted. Motion Carried.

POLICE REPORT:


As the Mayor mentioned, The Regional Police Dept. meeting is tomorrow, 
Feb. 10, @ 6:00 pm. at the Baden Community Center. (downstairs) Per B. Smith we should change agenda so the Police Report falls under the Mayor report.

*Motion to approve the Police Report was made by B. Smith and seconded by M. Forrest.

All voted. Motion Carried.

SOLICITOR REPORT:

 

Discussion was made on the correspondence received from Woomer & Talarico. Recommendation from Solicitor is to refer this out to our insurance company and see what happens.

*Motion to accept the Solicitors report and advance the Woomer & Talarico correspondence to our Insurance Company was made by K. Horan and seconded by M. Forrest.

All voted. Motion carried.

CORRESPONDANCE:

  No report from Peggy Griffith for January 2022, off not feeling well.

  Code Enforcement report from Randy Morrow for January 2022.

  Letter of resignation from Randy Morrow Code Enforcement.

*Motion to accept Code Enforcement letter and to follow-up with his final report to the newly seated

 Code Enforcement officer is made by M. Forrest and seconded by B. Smith.

 All voted. Motion Carried.

 RAJSA minutes for 12-9-2021 and RAJSA maintenance report for Dec. 2021.
 Bernie Rabik; Thank you letter for interview.​

 COMMITTEES:


 Bill Smith: Personnel: we have had no issues.

 Mark Forrest: Finance: only question I had was on the grant money.


 Eric Climo: Street Dept., Streets been doing pretty good. Some complaints. But,  always the regular ones.  I think we should try to sub contract on a third truck during heavy storms, these guys are running nonstop. It becomes a liability after so many hours. Much discussion was made on this.  

*Motion to have repairs made to the garage roof to prevent snow from sliding off in sheets was made by B. Smith and seconded by M. Forrest.

All voted. Motion Carried.
 S. Kaercher: Recreation: To host some things starting in June: Movie night. July: Ice cream Social. August:  back to school picnic. September: Fall fest, food trucks. (Maybe Vicary House be part when making apple butter). October: Halloween fest again. Per Solicitor, you should inform the insurance carrier what we are doing. Mayor asked questions on date for Easter Egg Hunt. April 3, 2022 was a date mentioned. B. Smith commented on trying to incorporate one of those activities with Vicary Days. We should advertise to set up a Vicary Day committee, per S. Kaercher. Solicitor, if any of these committees have direct contact with children must all have their clearances and dated within a year. Mayor commented on when we have events for children. Maybe we can have a job fair for the adults at the same time.

K. Horan: Grants, now that we have settled on John Balewski, I will reach out to him for grant information. I did meet with Brenda yesterday and she was excited about forging a close relationship with the Council. I am looking into the web site; I do have the credentials now. Side note, I did purchase some trees and wild flowers for Spring. We can put those in some of our places.                       
                         
NEW BUSINESS:

* Motion to hire Brian Richards as Freedom Code Enforcement replacing Randy Morrow was made by

E. Climo and seconded by S. Kaercher.

All voted. Motion carried.  

* Motion to purchase six (6) rolls of stamps for the Tax Collector to mail out the 2022 real estate tax bills was made by B. Smith and seconded by M. Forrest.

All voted. Motion carried.

Discussion on delinquent garbage bills, Eric will continue to follow up.

Reminder to turn in ethics forms by May 1, 2022.

*Motion to have Sharon write a letter of support for the Vicary House, they are applying for a grant to repair their porch was made by B. Smith and seconded by K. Horan.

All voted. Motion carried.


OLD BUSINESS:


No old business.


                                    *Motion to adjourn at 7:24 PM was made by S. Kaercher, seconded by B. Smith.                                                  

                                                                            All voted. Motion carried. 


MEETING ENDED