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BOS Minutes – 2016

February 11th, 2016

 

BOS Minutes 01-04-16 – Re-organization Meeting

BOS Minutes 01-04-16 – Regular Meeting

 

DRAFT – BOS Regular Meeting Minutes from February 10, 2016

February 11th, 2016

 

DRAFT – BOS Minutes 02-10-16 – Regular Meeting

 

DRAFT – BOS Workshop Meeting Minutes from February 5, 2016

February 11th, 2016

 

DRAFT – BOS Minutes 02-05-16 – Workshop

 

PC Meeting Agenda for February 16, 2016

February 8th, 2016

 

AGENDA – FEBRUARY 16 2016

 

DRAFT – Planning Commission Meeting Minutes from January 26, 2016

February 2nd, 2016

 

DRAFT – PC Minutes 01-26-16

 

Berks County Sheriff Brigade – Emergency Preparedness Programs

January 18th, 2016

………………Municipal Officials of Berks County,

 

I am a volunteer with the Berks County Sheriff Brigade, we are providing free to the public monthly programs on Emergency Preparedness.  Attached, you will find our January 24, 2016 brochure describing our program which includes a representative from the American Red Cross outlining their “Are You Red Cross Ready?” and a representative from the Berks County Department of Emergency Services presentation which includes the responsibilities of local, county, state and federal governments during and after a disaster.

 

In light of increased frequency of natural disasters and man caused violence, we all need to have an emergency plan in place.  We need your help in sharing these monthly opportunities with persons living within your municipality.

 

Would you please help us by engaging your municipality with the following efforts:

  • Print the attached brochure and post it on your bulletin board.
  • Place the attached PDF brochure on your website.
  • Please forward this e-mail with brochure to your local police department and fire companies for their distribution.

 

Thanks, Jim McTish, 610 463-4487…………….

BCSB 01-24-2016

Medication Drop Box

January 18th, 2016

med box pic

The Tilden Township Police Department was provided a medication drop box by the Berks County District Attorney’s office as part of the Pharmaceutical Drop Box Program.

 

Tilden Township residents may now drop off unwanted medications at the Tilden Township Municipal Building, 874 Hex Highway, first floor lobby, Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm.

 

ACCEPTED:

Prescription medications in standard container or sealed bag.

Over the counter medications

Vitamins

Drug samples

Pet medications

Liquid medications in plastic, leak proof containers

 

NOT ACCEPTED:

Loose pills

Syringes

Thermometers

Bloody or infectious waste

Medication from businesses

Hydrogen peroxide or other cleaning agents

Aerosol cans & inhalers

 

2016 Fee Schedules

January 18th, 2016

 

Schedule of Fees 2016

 

2016 Building & Zoning Fee Schedule – BIU

 

2016 SEO Fee Schedule – Larson Design Group

 

2016 Subdivision Filing Fees

 

Stormwater Fees 2016

 

An Open Letter to the Governor and Legislature of Pennsylvania from Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach

December 28th, 2015

Dear Friend,

 

Did you know I published an open letter on Christmas Eve to the Governor and the Legislature of Pennsylvania? If not, please read it below:

 

It is Christmas Eve and about a week before the New Year and we still do not have a Commonwealth budget. Yes, there is a budget on the Governor’s desk, but it is anyone’s guess what the Governor will do. My best guess is that he will use a line item veto, which he should have done with the first budget he was given.

 

As a County Commissioner, I am struggling to understand why this continues to be unresolved. Taxpayers and businesses across the Commonwealth continue to pay their taxes on time and the Commonwealth continues to collect them and spend them. The federal program dollars are still flowing to the Commonwealth. The money is there, in Harrisburg, but is not being distributed to the local level as it is intended.

 

Berks County alone is now owed over $22,660,000.00 by the Commonwealth. As the past Board Chair and Past President of the County Commissioners Association of PA, I know that many counties are out of money and others are being forced to borrow money to provide core services. Is the Commonwealth going to cover the borrowing cost for counties and non-profits or do you once again expect local property taxpayers to foot the bill?

 

It appears to me that counties, local governments, schools, students, children, seniors and non-profits have become the second class citizens in this battle and that is simply wrong. State citizens continue to go without funding because the Commonwealth is failing to live up to its obligations.

 

In the end, the taxpayers of Pennsylvania will be left holding the bag while the politicians make excuses and point fingers.

 

The single biggest mistake in this entire fiasco was the failure of Governor Wolf to use the line item veto in the first budget. He could have brought clear focus to the debate. Instead he failed to be the leader by throwing out an entire budget, even though about two-thirds of the budget contained exactly what he asked for, or more.

 

Let’s hope he learned a lesson and at least uses the line-item veto now.

 

It really is pretty simple. All the debate and negotiating should have been taking place last spring shortly after Governor Wolf announced his budget. Waiting to negotiate until the budget deadline passed was foolish at best and criminal at the worst.

 

It is time to end the impasse!

 

Let me suggest some changes for now and the future so that this spectacle does not occur again:

 

  • NOW – If you cannot agree on everything let’s at least go back and pass the aspects’ of the budget on which there is agreement. That is why Pennsylvania Governors have the power of the line item veto. Use it.

 

  • Pass a law that states that no Legislator, Governor or Secretary shall receive any compensation, including expenses, until a budget is passed and signed.

 

  • Change the budget cycle to a calendar year. This will match with most local government budget cycles and provide certainty in the local budget planning process. Currently many counties and local governments are forced to guess what the last six months of their revenue from the state will be because they are on difference cycles.

 

I certainly understand that public service is not an easy job. I also realize that the complexity of passing a budget at the state level is much greater then what we have at the local level, but that is no excuse for the situation that taxpayers, local governments, schools, students, seniors and non-profits find themselves today.

 

One of our major providers is Bethany Children’s home. They serve some of the neediest children in our county and they are almost out money, including their line of credit. Punishing an organization like Bethany for the failure of state government is just plain wrong.

 

It’s time to govern.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Christian Y. Leinbach Commissioner/Chair Berks County

633 Court Street

Reading, PA 19601

 

 

Please share with your family and friends across Pennsylvania.

Sincerely,

Christian Leinbach Chair/Berks County Commissioners

2016 Tilden Township Meeting Schedule

December 17th, 2015

 

2016 Meeting Schedule