Council Meeting Agenda: April 2022

The agenda is now online for the April 2022 regular council meeting. As a reminder, council meetings will resume in the council chambers at the Borough Building.
 
For more information about Borough meetings and to access past agendas and minutes, visit the Meetings page on the website.

AGENDA
Borough of West Mayfield

Regular Meeting April 14, 2022
1. Call to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll Call
4. Consent Agenda – Approval of March minutes
5. Officers Reports for March
6. Consent Agenda – Approval of Officers Reports
7. Correspondence – 2 letters to fill vacant council seats; Emergency responders appreciation day from Rochester Borough

CITIZEN’S COMMENTS
At this time citizens may comment on any item on today’s agenda or voice a concern. Name and address must be provided and the comments will be limited to a 3 minute period of time.

OLD BUSINESS – Committee Reports

Streets, Lighting Bridges – Wendy

Building, Grounds & Equipment – Bill – Signs for 4th Ave – not a GPS Route; main garage lower garage door panel needs replace; GMC dump truck 5500 is fixed; parts truck is stored in the side building; bids on tree at borough building.

Fire & Police report – Wendy – ISO inspection of Fire Department is complete – borough should adopt a fire code; fire department also inspected for food license.

Sewers & Sanitation – manhole issue on Ann Street; sink hole on Rock Avenue

Finance & Litigation

Parks & Playground

Ordinance Report

President – Team Fisher has been told that there will be no more dumping at the end of West 8th Avenue; water issue on Craig Street (Alley) is still not resolved; no information received on MS4 yet

Mayor

Solicitor

NEW BUSINESS – Committee Reports

Streets, Lighting, Bridges – pot holes filled more to come; park opens May 1; trees on side of road need cleaned up; take pictures after dye testing is complete to create a paper trail

Building, Grounds, Equipment – Bill – update borough building to code( folding handicap rails in rest rooms; handicap sign by main entrance to council room; 3-way wire & switches); new brushes for Bob cat.

Fire, Police – Wendy – need keys for shelter 1; park rental starts June 1 time 11 am to 8 pm;

Sewers & Sanitation – 37th Street sewer project; work needs done on Harbison

Finance & Litigation

Parks and Playground

Ordinance report

Presidents reports – damage caused by downed wires; appoint a replacement for the vacant council seat

Mayor – report

Solicitor- report

8. Payment of Bills – each council member has received a list and reviewed the bills
Consent Agenda – Approval to pay the bills

9. Ratify Purchases made by committees
Consent Agenda – Approval to ratify purchases made by committees

ADJOURNMENT 

Council Vacancy

On March 10, 2022, Borough of West Mayfield council duly accepted the resignation of council person Monica Sepp, effective immediately. 

As per Title 8 of the Borough Code and Title 53 of the Statutes of Pennsylvania, council now seeks to fill the vacancy within 30 days by appointing a registered elector of the borough to fill the vacated office until it expires in 2024.

Also, applicants must have resided within the borough continuously for at least one year immediately prior to appointment.

Borough residents interested in filling this council vacancy should contact borough secretary Pat Landsberry at 724-847-1867 or in writing to 4609 W. 8th Ave,  Beaver Falls, PA  15010.

New Borough Government in 2022

The Borough of West Mayfield ushers in a new local government at its January 3, 2022 reorganization meeting. Incoming Mayor Licia Cogley administered the oath of office to council members Jeffrey Seybert, Bill Heaton, and William Sepp. 

Technically, Ms. Cogley is West Mayfield’s first woman mayor in nearly a century, although Martha Ridings served the borough’s first and only woman burgess in the 1920s.

Council also chose Lou Little as its new president and Monica Sepp as vice president.  Committee assignments will assigned by the president.  And new this year is the ad hoc Centennial Committee open to all residents who want to be a part of the borough’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2023.

Council Reorganization — What is it?

In January 2022, citizens of West Mayfield might be surprised to learn that this council meeting will be very different than all the others.

Here’s why.

Unlike cities and townships in Pennsylvania, boroughs are governed by a distinct section of state statutes called the Pennsylvania Borough Code. Title 8, Chapter 10 (“Powers and Duties of Elected Officials”) requires that “The council shall organize on the first Monday of January of each even-numbered year by electing one member as president and one member as vice president, who shall hold the offices at the pleasure of the council.”

Here’s a summary by the Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of Pennsylvania as to how this reorganization meeting works:

1) The reorganization meeting, like all Council meetings, must be advertised in a newspaper of general circulation at least three days in advance of the meeting. A meeting agenda must be made in advance as well.

2) At this meeting, the mayor (having been previously sworn into office by a judge) presides over council. This is one of the rare instances under law that a borough mayor has any authority over council.

3) The mayor swears into office all new and re-elected council members.

4) The mayor then presides over council as it elects its council president and vice-president. The mayor takes nominations from council members for each position (no second is required) and then each officer position is voted on.

5) After council has selected its officers, the mayor then turns the gavel over to the new council president, council is seated, and the newly reorganized body can now conduct borough business as usual.

Read more about this special meeting in the Pennsylvania Borough Code.

2021 Schedule of West Mayfield Borough Council Meetings

West Mayfield Borough Council meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30pm.

All meetings are open to the public and will take place in the Council Chambers, 4609 W. 8th Ave.  All citizens having business before the council are advised to be on time for the start of the meeting.

COVID UPDATE: Until further notice, all council meetings will be held at 6:30 pm at the West Mayfield Fire Hall.  No more than 25 people will be permitted in the building including our council members, law and code enforcement and the solicitor.  We will be practicing social distancing and all attendees will be required to wear masks or some type of facial covering. 

West Mayfield Council meetings and all other official meetings are open to the public and conform to the Pennsylvania Borough Code and the Commonwealth’s Sunshine Act (Open Meetings Law).

Unless specified otherwise, regular meetings are held in the Council Chambers at 6:30pm on the second Thursday of each month.  Residents are encouraged to read, A Citizen’s Guide to Addressing West Mayfield Council

2021 Schedule of Meetings

January 7, 2021
February 11, 2021
March 11, 2021
April 8, 2021
May 13, 2021
June 10, 2021
July 8, 2021
August 12, 2021
September 9, 2021
October 14, 2021
November 11, 2021
December 9, 2021

Borough Council Meeting: December 10, 2020



West Mayfield Borough Council meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30pm.

The meeting is open to the public and will take place in the Council Chambers, 4609 W. 8th Ave.  All citizens having business before the council are advised to be on time for the start of the meeting.



Borough Council Meeting: November 12, 2020



West Mayfield Borough Council meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30pm.

The meeting is open to the public and will take place in the Council Chambers, 4609 W. 8th Ave.  All citizens having business before the council are advised to be on time for the start of the meeting.



Borough Council Meeting: October 8, 2020



West Mayfield Borough Council meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30pm.

The meeting is open to the public and will take place in the Council Chambers, 4609 W. 8th Ave.  All citizens having business before the council are advised to be on time for the start of the meeting.