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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


​​​2022 Council Meeting Minutes


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