Draft Council Meeting Minutes

There have been many questions about draft meeting minutes. Draft meeting minutes are not a public record according to the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law Section 708(A) (see below). Once meeting minutes are approved by majority vote the minutes become public record. Unless meeting minutes fall under Governor Wolf’s Act 15 (see below), please note the Bold type. That is the only time draft minutes will be posted before a vote is taken to approve meeting minutes.

Approved previous month’s meeting minutes will be posted the day after approval on this website. Approved meeting minutes can be discussed at the next month’s Council Meeting and corrections if needed can be approved by Council then.

ACT 15 – signed by Governor Wolf

Local Government Meetings.

 

Section 5741 allows a borough council, authority, planning commission, zoning hearing board or other entity of the municipality to meet remotely by telecommunications device. A physical quorum is not necessary, however, a quorum must be established on the telecommunications device to conduct business. Telecommunication device is defined as any device which permits, at a minimum, audio communications between individuals.

Notice must be given of public meetings held under this section. Public notice includes either on the borough’s website or in the newspaper of general circulation or both. If you have a website you should post the meeting notice on your website and a newspaper of general circulation. If you do not have a website, notice must be placed in a newspaper of general circulation. The notice must include the meeting date, time, technology to be used, and how the public may participate. To the extent possible, the borough council, planning commission or zoning hearing board must allow for public participation through the telecommunications device or written comments.

Written comments may be submitted to the physical address of the local government or a designated e-mail address. Draft minutes from any meeting held under this section without advanced notice to the public to address issues related to the COVID-19 emergency must be posted within 20 days of the meeting or before the next regularly scheduled meeting, whichever is earlier. Posted seems to imply on a local government website. If you do not have a website, we suggest posting them in the borough hall or office to comply with this section.

 

 

Pennsylvania’s New Right to Know Law

Section 708. Exceptions for public records

(10) (i) A record that reflects:

(A) The internal, predecisional deliberations of an agency, its members, employees or officials or predecisional deliberations between agency members, employees or officials and members, employees or officials of another agency, including predecisional deliberations relating to a budget recommendation, legislative proposal, legislative amendment, contemplated or proposed policy or course of action or any research, memos or other documents used in the predecisional deliberations.

(B) The strategy to be used to develop or achieve the successful adoption of a budget, legislative proposal or regulation.

(ii) Subparagraph (i)(A) shall apply to agencies subject to 65 Pa.C.S. Ch. 7 (relating to open meetings) in a manner consistent with 65 Pa.C.S. Ch. 7. A record which is not otherwise exempt from access under this act and which is presented to a quorum for deliberation in accordance with 65 Pa.C.S. Ch. 7 shall be a public record.

(iii) This paragraph shall not apply to a written or Internet application or other document that has been submitted to request Commonwealth funds.

(iv) This paragraph shall not apply to the results of public opinion surveys, polls, focus groups, marketing research or similar effort designed to measure public opinion.

(21) (i) Draft minutes of any meeting of an agency until the next regularly scheduled meeting of the agency.
(ii) Minutes of an executive session and any record of discussions held in executive session.

LIHEAP 2020-2021 Information

Please be advised that although work is being performed in the office and remotely, local County Assistance Offices are not open to the public at this time.  Phone calls to local offices are being answered and here is LIHEAP Client Hotline:  1-866-857-7095 for assistance with the program or to request an application be sent to them in November when the program opens.  All County Assistance Offices also have an external ‘drop box’ or mail slot in the door to drop off an application or pending information.

Flood Insurance Rate Map & Flood Insurance Study

FEMA has released revised preliminary copies, dated August 28, 2020, of the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for Catawissa Borough.  Copies are available for review at Catawissa Borough Hall, 307 Main Street.  Digital copies of both are available online at https://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata.

 

Residents have until September 25th, 2020, to provide changes or comments.  Please contact Borough Flood Plain Manager, Larry Kopp, with changes, comments, questions or concerns at 570-356-2561.

 

Community Aid Donation Bin

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Please help keep Community Aid supporting our Borough.

  • Do not place trash in the Community Aid bin.
  • Do not place donations on the ground. If our bin is full please bring donations back another day. Any donations ruined by weather are considered trash.

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When donations are left outside of the bin, donations go from gracious donations to wasted gifts the moment they are impacted by wet weather. All weather ruined donations become trash. This negatively impacts Community Aids ability to support Catawissa Borough.

If the Community Aid bin is full, please take your donation to your local Community Aid Donation Center at 1070 N Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA 17870. Please give your community information so Catawissa Borough can receive proper credit for your donation.

**DO NOT LET ANY DONATIONS OUTSIDE ON THE GROUND!!

Residential Rental Unit Inspection Check List & Rental Ordinance Fees

The following link is a printable copy of the inspection list used for Catawissa Borough Residential Rental Property Inspections:

Residential Rental Unit Inspection Checklist

 

The fees for registration, licensing and inspection are as set herein below:

Amended fees for licensing and inspection are set herein under Resolution 10-2020

fees amended

 

 

 

To schedule a Residential Rental Property Inspection click here.

Water Bill Payments

 

If you would like to pay your water bill on the same check as electric or sewer the check must be mailed to First Columbia Bank and Trust 347 Main St. Catawissa PA 17820. As of 7/5/2016 the Borough no longer accepts water bill payments at the Catawissa Borough Office.

**ELECTRIC REFUND SCAM**

There is an electric refund scam going on in the Catawissa area. If you receive a phone call stating you were over charged on your electric bill and they are offering a refund with a 30% discount on your next bill. Do not give any information over the phone. Catawissa Residents did not get over charged. We advise you to hang up and report the call to the police.

Residents are reporting this call is coming from Direct Energy. Direct Energy is not your electric provider.

 

Catawissa Borough Economic Development Strategy Plan

This report is the culmination of months of planning, analysis of economic trends, data gathering and interpretation, visioning, and prioritization. The process began in April of 2019, with the creation of the Catawissa Borough Stakeholder Advisory Committee lead by Penn Strategies. Their skill sets, varied expertise and institutional knowledge have resulted in this focused, thoughtful blueprint for growth in the Borough of Catawissa.

The goal of this plan is to provide a road map for the total redevelopment of Catawissa Borough. The goal of this plan is to outline specific steps that, if taken, will make Catawissa a better place to live, work, and raise a family. In order to design a plan for future growth for the Borough, it is important to consider the past.

 

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Plan

 

 

Feral Cat Program

 

Borough Residents there is grant money available through PA Pets for anyone interested in helping with the trapping , neutering and release of the feral cats within the borough. Many residents have shared their concerns with this ongoing issue. Now is the time to get involved! The fees for spaying/ neutering of Feral Cats caught in the Catawissa Borough are now free until all of the grant money is used up. Applications are available at the Catawissa Borough Hall at 307 Main Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or you can contact PA Pets Representative Jo Wright at 1-610-283-1832. Make sure when filling out your application, where the income guidelines are please cross that out and write “Catawissa Cat Grant Project”. This has been done for you on the applications available at the Borough Hall.

Catawissa Community Center Open For Rentals

Catawissa Borough is accepting reservations for our Community Center located at 319 Pine St Catawissa. The fee is $30 for Catawissa Residents and $50 for non-residents plus a $100  security deposit. The Community Center can be rented for a Business Event, Private Use, Community Sponsored Event or a Non- Profit Meeting. A copy of the Rental Policy is available for review Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at The Catawissa Borough Hall 307 Main St. Catawissa.