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Release 5/29/20

MEETING NOTICE

The Council of the Borough of Minersville will hold their monthly Work Session meeting for general purposes Wednesday, June 3, 2020, beginning at 7 p.m., the meeting will be closed to the public. Residents may listen to the meeting live via dial in conference call. Residents can submit questions or comments on agenda in writing via mail or deposited in drop box at Borough building. All questions must be received by 3:30 pm on Monday, June 1, 2020.

The Council of the Borough of Minersville will hold their monthly Council meeting for general purposes Tuesday, June 9, 2020, beginning at 7 p.m., the meeting will be closed to the public. Residents may listen to the meeting live via dial in conference call. Residents can submit questions or comments on agenda in writing via mail or deposited in drop box at Borough building. All questions must be received by 3:30 pm on Friday, June 5, 2020.

The meeting agenda will be posted online, council chamber door, and Borough Office door.

To listen live to the meeting, residents should use their telephone and dial 717-275-8940. When prompted, enter access code 7580979 and state name. Within 48 hours, minutes of the meeting will be posted on the Borough Homepage at minersvilleonline.com.

BY ORDER OF

Katielynn Milbrandt
Council President


 

Release 5/26/20

RECYCLING UPDATE

Curbside recycling services will begin on June 3, 2020.  The schedule will remain the same as previously collected.  The North Side will be the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month; South side will be collected the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.

RECYCLING COLLECTION PROGRAM

AS PART OF THE BOROUGH’S CONTINUING RECYCLING PROGRAM, THE FOLLOWING
CURBSIDE ITEMS WILL BE COLLECTED: #1 – #7 PLASTICS, ALUMINUM AND TIN CANS, GREEN, BROWN, AND CLEAR GLASS CONTAINERS,
NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES (BUNDLED SEPERATELY).

ALL RECYCLED MATERIALS MUST BE PLACED CURBSIDE FOR PICKUP.

PLEASE BUNDLE NEWSPAPERS OR MAGAZINES IN STRING OR PLACE IN A BROWN PAPER BAG OR CARDBOARD BOX SEPARATE FROM PLASTIC, GLASS AND ALUMINUM FOR PICKUP.
CARDBOARD SHOULD BE FLATTENED AND BUNDLED.
Any loose paper and cardboard not bundled will not be picked up curbside. 
DO NOT PLACE THESE RECYCLABLES IN PLASTIC BAGS.

A DROP-OFF CONTAINER FOR RECYCLABLES IS LOCATED AT THE COMPOST SITE AT THE END OF NORTH DELAWARE AVENUE.

BOROUGH RECYCLING SCHEDULE

NORTH SIDE SOUTH SIDE
JUNE 3, 17 10, 24
JULY 1, 15 8, 22
AUGUST 5, 19 12, 26
SEPTEMBER 2, 16 9, 23
OCTOBER 7, 21 14, 28
NOVEMBER 4, 18 12 (Thursday), 25
DECEMBER 2, 16 9, 23

 

ALL RECYCLING MIXED WITH GARBAGE WILL NOT BE COLLECTED CURBSIDE.

NO COLLECTION FOR RESIDENTS ON: JULY 29, SEPTEMBER 30, DECEMBER 30


 

Release 5/8/20

MEETING CHANGE NOTICE
To ensure the health and safety of the public and officials of the Borough of Minersville during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council Work Session scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2020 has been cancelled.

The regular monthly meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Council Chambers, N Delaware Avenue and E Carbon Streets and will be closed to the public. Residents may listen to the meeting live via dial in conference call.

The meeting agenda will be posted online, council chamber door, and Borough Office door. Residents can submit questions or comments on agenda in writing via mail or deposited in drop box at Borough building. All questions must be received by 4:30 pm on Monday, May 11, 2020.

To listen live to the meeting, residents should use their telephone and dial 717-275-8940. When prompted, enter access code 7971081 and state name. Within 48 hours, minutes of the meeting will be posted on the Borough Homepage at minersvilleonline.com and Minersville Borough facebook page.

BY ORDER OF
Katielynn Milbrandt
Council President

Council May 2020PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
AND REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR THE 2020 CDBG PROGRAM
BOROUGH OF MINERSVILLE
Notice is hereby given by Schuylkill County on behalf of the Borough of Minersville, that it will hold a Public Hearing on May 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held remotely by telephone due to COVID-19. Residents can participate by calling 717-275-8940. When prompted, enter access code 7971081 and state your name. This meeting is accessible to individuals with disabilities and/or for persons with Limited English Proficiency. If you wish to attend and require special accommodations, please notify the Borough of Minersville’s office 72 hours in advance at 570-544-2149 (TDD users 7-1-1 PA Telecommunications Relay Center) or email request to minerscouncilsec@comcast.net.

The purpose of this Public Hearing is to discuss the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program in general, the needs of Minersville Borough, and Schuylkill County on behalf of the Borough of Minersville performance under the previously funded CDBG Program years, and to discuss the required Three – Year Community Development Plan of Minersville Borough.

Schuylkill County on behalf of the Borough of Minersville expects to receive an allocation of approximately $96,329 in FY 2020 CDBG funds from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. At least 70% of the available funding must be used for activities which benefit low and moderate income persons. The proposed activities must benefit at least 51% low-moderate income persons in the service area to qualify as a low-moderate income project. Schuylkill County anticipates submission of the application in October of 2020.

The following types of activities may be eligible for funding under the CDBG Program: water and sewer line replacement and improvements; housing rehabilitation; construction of affordable housing; construction/reconstruction of public/community facilities; recreational facilities; public services that are new or provide quantifiable increases in the delivery of services; street improvements; historic preservation; removal of architectural barriers; code enforcement; economic development; acquisition and relocation; clearance and demolition; and general administration, planning, audit if required, and preparation of the CDBG application.

If Schuylkill County on behalf of the Borough of Minersville would undertake activities that result in the displacement of families or individuals, then Schuylkill County’s policy for minimizing such displacement would be in effect. Schuylkill County on behalf of the Borough of Minersville is responsible for replacing all low and moderate income housing units that may be demolished or converted as a result of the use of CDBG funds.

All interested citizens are encouraged to participate and are offered the opportunity to give comments at the Public Hearing by providing questions or comments to the Borough by May 11, 2020. After the Public Hearing citizens may further present comments to the Borough by 4:00 PM on May 26, 2020, concerning needs of the Borough of Minersville, proposed CDBG Program activities, the prior use of CDBG funds, as well as the CDBG Program in general. All comments may be submitted to 2 East Sunbury Street, Minersville, PA 17954 or emailed to minerscouncilsec@comcast.net.

BOROUGH OF MINERSVILLE


 

Release 4/20/20

MEETING CHANGE NOTICE

To ensure the health and safety of the public and officials of the Minersville Sewer Authority during the COVID-19 pandemic, the regular monthly meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at the Council Chambers, N Delaware Avenue and E Carbon Streets and will be closed to the public. Residents may listen to the meeting live via dial in conference call.

The meeting agenda will be posted online, council chamber door, and Borough Office door. Residents can submit questions or comments on agenda in writing via mail or deposited in drop box at Borough building. All questions must be received by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

To listen live to the meeting, residents should use their telephone and dial 717-275-8940. When prompted, enter access code 7971081 and state name. Within 48 hours, minutes of the meeting will be posted on the Borough Homepage at minersvilleonline.com and Minersville Borough facebook page.

BY ORDER OF

Thomas Eltringham
Chairman


 

Release 4/20/20

The Borough will be suspending Curbside Recycling until further notice.  Residents can still take recycling to the drop off location on N Delaware Ave.

Sanitation collection will not be affected during this period.  Please keep in mind the safety of the workers collecting your garbage and make sure all items are bagged and not leaking fluids. Also, bulk items will not be collected at this time.

Ash collection will not be affected during this period.

Also, the Borough has not received any notice that the Real Estate Tax and Borough Per Capita/Occupational Tax deadlines have changed.  The Borough discount tax period will still end April 30, 2020.  All tax bills post-dated by the US Postal Service by the April 30, 2020 will be posted for the discount period.  All taxes bills can be mailed to the tax receiver at the following address:  Minersville Tax Collector, 246 Sunbury St, Minersville PA  17954.

 


Release 4/8/20

Below please find the meeting information that was presented and approved at last evenings Council meeting:

Nominate and swear in Council Member – Sarah Newton was appointed to fill the vacant seat of Paul Vuksta.  This appointment will be until the next municipal election when the seat will be up for the remainder of the term.

Citizens’ Comments

  • Hammer Towing- the questions were referred to Solicitor Evans, Mayor Palmer and Chief Combs for review.

Approval of Minutes: approved

Approval of Officers Reports: approved

Approval of Bills: approved

Communications: Nothing to present

New Business:

  • Towing Contract – Approved for advertisement
  • Extend Declaration of Disaster Emergency- The declaration was extended until it is safe to lift.
  • Approve Multimodal Work Order – approved Entech Engineering to work on MultiModal project.
  • 1st Reading – Vacate unopened alley between North and Lewis St. – first reading was held. The ordinance is available for review before being presented for approval at the May meeting.

 

Release 4/6/20

The Borough will be suspending Curbside Recycling for an additional two weeks.  This action will be re-evaluated after that time.  Residents can still take recycling to the drop off location on N Delaware Ave.

Sanitation collection will not be affected during this period.  Please keep in mind the safety of the workers collecting your garbage and make sure all items are bagged and not leaking fluids. Also, bulk items will not be collected at this time.

Ash collection will not be affected during this period.


 

Release 4/2/20

NOTICE

MEETING CANCELLATION

The Minersville Municipal Authority meeting April 20, 2020 originally scheduled to be held at Minersville Borough Council Chambers will now be CANCELLED due to the COVID-19 virus and to adhere to social distancing practices.

BY ORDER OF
Michael Andruchek
Chairman


 

Release 4/2/20

MEETING CHANGE NOTICE

To ensure the health and safety of the public and officials of the Borough of Minersville during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council Work Session and Special Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 7th have been cancelled.

The regular monthly meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 2020, will now be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Council Chambers, N Delaware Avenue and E Carbon Streets and will be closed to the public. Residents may listen to the meeting live via dial in conference call.

The meeting agenda will be posted online, council chamber door, and Borough Office door. Residents can submit questions or comments on agenda in writing via mail or deposited in drop box at Borough building. All questions must be received by 4:30 pm on Monday, April 6, 2020.

To listen live to the meeting, residents should use their telephone and dial 717-275-8940. When prompted, enter access code 7971081 and state name. Within 48 hours, minutes of the meeting will be posted on the Borough Homepage at minersvilleonline.com and Minersville Borough facebook page.

Council April 2020


 

Release 3/31/20

The Minersville Borough has declared a Disaster Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please note this declaration is put in place to qualify for possible state or federal disaster aid.

Below is the signed Declaration of Disaster Emergency.

DECLARATION OF DISASTER EMERGENCY 3-31-20_Page_1DECLARATION OF DISASTER EMERGENCY 3-31-20_Page_2


 

Release 3/31/20

A message from County Waste:
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we will not be taking large bulky items (Mattresses, box springs, couches) We are trying to limit their exposure. We will notify you when we resume bulk pick up. We appreciate your understanding at this time.

Friendly Reminders:

The Borough will be suspending Curbside Recycling this week.  This action will be re-evaluated after that time.  Residents can still take recycling to the drop off location on N Delaware Ave.

Sanitation collection will not be affected during this period.  Please keep in mind the safety of the workers collecting your garbage and make sure all items are bagged and not leaking fluids. Also, bulk items will not be collected at this time.

Ash collection will not be affected during this period.

Also, we have been receiving an increased number of calls regarding sewage backups.  Below are some tips on what not to flush down your toilet/drains to help prevent sewer issues before they begin:

  • Feminine Products – Tampons and other feminine hygiene products are not supposed to be flushed down the toilet.
  • Cooking Grease/Food – Grease should never be poured down any drain, period. It may look like a liquid that can easily be dumped down a drain, but when it cools, it will congeal and clog up your pipes. Collect your grease in a glass jar and throw it in the trash.
  • Baby Wipes/Wet Wipes/Cleaning Pads – These “adult baby wipes” are becoming increasingly popular nowadays. They are also increasingly causing clogs and backups in sewage pipes. If you must use these, throw them away in the trash can. Flushing wet wipes can easily turn into an expensive problem when you have to call a plumber to snake your toilet.
  • Dental Floss – Floss is not biodegradable and can cause serious clogs and environmental damage.
  • Q-tips/Cotton Balls – You might think that cotton will break down but they don’t! They will clump together, causing blockages at bends in the pipes.
  • Diapers – Just because there is human waste inside does not mean that they are OK to flush. Diapers are made to expand in water. In the unlikely case you actually get the diaper to flush, it will likely cause a blockage.
  • Pills – They have toxic effects on groundwater supplies. There are pill drop off locations in the county for more information, check out this site:   https://apps.ddap.pa.gov/gethelpnow/pilldrop.aspx
  • Paper Towels/Tissues – If you use paper towels, throw them in the trash, not the toilet. Tissues and paper towels are not made to dissolve like toilet paper; throw them in the trash.
  • Cigarette Butts – Cigarettes are full of toxic chemicals that end up going straight into the groundwater supply. If you have to smoke, throw the butts away properly.

 

Please remember if you are experiencing a sewer issue in your home, your first call should be to your plumber.   The Sewer Department is only responsible from your curb line to the main.   If you have a joint sewer line with a neighbor, you should contact the other party on the line to make arrangements for repairs.

 


 

Release 3/30/20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2020
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Gov. Wolf and Sec. of Health Expand ‘Stay at Home’ Order to Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill Counties, Extend School Closures Indefinitely
Governor Wolf’s Amended Order
Secretary of Health’s Amended Order
Stay at Home Guidance

Harrisburg, PA – As COVID-19 cases continue to grow and the state continues to seek relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill counties, bringing the state total to 26 counties under a stay-at-home order. This order takes effect at 8 p.m., Monday, March 30, 2020, and will continue until April 30. All stay-at-home orders are now extended through April 30. All Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice. Non-life-sustaining business closures remain in effect.

The order now includes these 26 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.

Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:

  • Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home
  • Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
  • Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing
  • To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business
  • To care for a family member or pet in another household
  • Any travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activities
  • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons
  • Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services
  • Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction
  • Travel required by law enforcement or court order
  • Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealth
  • Anyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.

The following operations are exempt:

  • Life-sustaining business activities
  • Health care or medical services providers
  • Access to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banks
  • Access to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure Orders
  • News media
  • Law enforcement, emergency medical services personnel, firefighters
  • The federal government
  • Religious institutions

Individuals experiencing homelessness are not subject to this order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals.

International students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness as a result of campus closures are exempt and may remain in campus housing.

The Department of Education will be providing updated guidance and resources on the continuity of education for students to schools in the coming days.

At this time, law enforcement will be focused on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement. To report a noncompliant business, contact your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number or the nearest Pennsylvania State Police station. Please do not call 911 or the Department of Community and Economic Development to file reports. Law enforcement officers should refer to Business Closure Order Enforcement Guidance available online.

Read Governor Wolf’s original order here or view on Scribd. Read Governor Wolf’s amended order here or view on Scribd.

Read Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s original order here or view on Scribd. Read Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s amended order here or view on Scribd.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.

 


Release 3/23/20

NOTICE
SEWER MEETING CANCELLATION

The Minersville Sewer Authority meeting March 25, 2020 originally scheduled to be held at Minersville Borough Council Chambers will now be CANCELLED due to the COVID-19 virus and to adhere to social distancing practices.

BY ORDER OF

Thomas Eltringham
Chairman


 

Release 3/22/20

In order to minimize the exposure to potential sources of the COVID-19 virus and for the well-being of our residents and employees , the Borough will be suspending Curbside Recycling for the next two weeks.  This action will be re-evaluated after that time.  Residents can still take recycling to the drop off location on N Delaware Ave.

Sanitation collection will not be effected during this period.  Please keep in mind the safety of the workers collecting your garbage and make sure all items are bagged and not leaking fluids.

Ash collection will not be effected during this period.

The Borough Council has changed the April 1, 2020 deadline for compost site cards to June 1, 2020.  The gate system will now go effective June 1, 2020.  The compost/recycling site will remain open until for customers to drop off items.

Again, the health and safety of our residents is our highest priority. We are asking all residents to follow the CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines.

The Schuylkill County Emergency Management does have updates for Schuylkill County available on their website https://scema.org/covid-19-2/.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 570-544-2149 or 570-544-2200.

 


 

Release 3/17/20

The safety and well-being of our residents remains the Borough’s top priority. In order to minimize the exposure to potential sources of the COVID-19 virus and to maintain social distancing practices,  the Minersville Borough Office will be closed to public access beginning March 18, 2020 until further notice.    The Borough Office will be open to accept calls during normal business hours which are Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  The Borough will continue to operate all offices including Administrative, Street, Police, Code, Water and Sewer Departments.

The Authorities will be limiting physical interactions between our employees and customers.  They will be suspending non-critical repair work on meters and any work that requires us to enter a customer’s home or business, unless the work can be done without direct contact with our customers.

We do have applications online for the compost cards, occupant permits, rental registration, etc.   Also, the Borough does offer alternative options for payment of your utility bills.

  • Our drop box is located on the Sunbury Street side of the building for payments
  • Check and money orders may be mailed to our office at Minersville Borough Office, 2 E Sunbury St, Minersville PA 17954
  • Online payments may be made on our website. https://wipp.edmundsassoc.com/Wipp/?wippid=MNRV

Please note this option will require your account and PIN numbers.  Should you need that information, please feel free to contact our office at 570-544-2149 or 570-544-2200.

The Borough Council has changed the April 1, 2020 deadline for compost site cards to June 1, 2020.  The gate system will now go effective June 1, 2020.  The compost/recycling site will remain open until for customers to drop off items.

Again, the health and safety of our residents is our highest priority. We are asking all residents to follow the CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines.

The Schuylkill County Emergency Management does have updates for Schuylkill County available on their website https://scema.org/covid-19-2/.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 570-544-2149 or 570-544-2200.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Robert Mahalchick
Borough Manager


March 16, 2020: White House Coronavirus Task Force Guidance: 15 Days to Slow the Spread
March 14, 2020: Why Outbreaks Like Coronavirus Spread Exponentially,  and How to “Flatten the Curve” (Washington Post)
March 14, 2020: U.S. Department of Labor Issues Temporary Enforcement Guidance for Respirator Fit-Testing in Healthcare during COVID-19 Outbreak

Resources on Occupational Health Measures:


The Council of the Borough of Minersville will hold a special meeting Tuesday, April 7, 2020 beginning at 7 p.m., at the Council Chambers, N Delaware Avenue and E Carbon Streets for the purpose of appointing a member to the vacant Council position.  This meeting will be immediately followed by the Council Work Session.

Any Borough of Minersville residents interested in filling this vacancy, please bring a Letter of Interest to the Borough Office by Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The basic qualification to serve as a borough council member is to be a registered voter and resident of the borough. Council members must have resided in the borough continuously for at least one year prior to their election (i.e., the General Election).


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

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Anyone with information on drug activity can call the Schuylkill County Drug Tip line at
800-414-1406.

Crimestoppers Anonymous Tip Line
877-847-7472
570-739-2660

 

Any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the website should be sent to: minersville@live.com.  All other inquires please contact our main office at 570-544-2149.
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