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May 19, 2010 City Council Minutes

This regular meeting of the Connellsville City Council was held this evening at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Municipal Building, at 110 North Arch Street, Connellsville, PA. Attending this meeting were Mayor Matthews, Council Members Geyer, Karpiak, Weaver and Rush. Also attending this meeting were City Clerk Antoinette Tesauro and Solicitor Mitch Mitchell.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Don Smith led prayer.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Mike Edwards, comments on Redevelopment Authority Resolutions, Farmers Market, Buy Local Campaign, Cultural Trust - Yough Symposium

Judy Keller, commented on the resolution concerning the convention

Jeff Shyk and Jeff Straub, discussed the cost of renovation to the Connellsville School District which is estimated from 45 million to 48 million dollars.

Lara Nagle from the Trail Town, announcing volunteers are needed for the City gardens.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Motorcycle Run for the family of Bill Eutsey on June 12, 2010 at 9 AM behind Rumors.

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 5-1-2010: "To accept the minutes from the April 21, 2010 City Council Meeting.¨

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report Matthews discussed the City's health insurance, noting he doesn't know if they are going to change carrier, but would like any insurance carrier within the City to put in a quote for hospitalization before July 1st.

Resolution No. 5-2-2010: "To waive the 4-day Resolution Rule to allow for items submitted after the 4-day rule to be read at the meeting tonight, such Resolutions will be marked with an asterisk.¨

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 5-3-2010: "To direct the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority to modify the FFY 2008 CDBG Program as follows:

-- eliminate the Acquisition of Property Activity (Mongell Park) $ 65,000

-- eliminate the Recreation Activity (Mongell Park) $ 40,000

and to reallocate the funding as follows:

-- Clearance (Demolition of residential & commercial structures) $ 83,700 Code Enforcement $ 21,300"

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, and Karpiak. Rush voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 5-4-2010: "To accept the City of Connellsville's Planning Commission approval of the submitted plans to renovate Connellsville Area High School."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, and Karpiak. Rush voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 5-5-2010: "To promote Corporal Kenneth Jaynes to Sergeant and Patrolman Ryan Reese to Corporal effective May 20, 2010.¨

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 5-6-2010: "To accept the deed for the property, known as the Aaron Building, located at 139 North Pittsburgh Street, Connellsville, PA 15425 and authorize the City Solicitor to record the deed at the Fayette County Recorder of Deeds.¨

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, and Karpiak. Rush voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 5-7-2010: "To close certain streets for the annual July 3rd fireworks display at the Veterans Plaza as requested by the sponsoring agency, the Connellsville Chamber of Commerce. The rain date is set for July 11th; and to close Meadow Lane from Crawford Avenue to Orchard Alley from 5 PM to 10 PM for the Chamber of Commerce Sock Hop pending approval from the Police Chief.¨

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Rush, Weaver, Geyer, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 5-8-2010: "To place two "Half Hour Parking" signs between First Street and Second Street on the north side of West Crawford Avenue."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Rush, Karpiak, Geyer, Matthews and Weaver. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 5-9-2010: "To make South 13th Street from West Crawford Avenue to Marietta Avenue, 'One Way South."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 5-10-2010: "To place a 'No Parking' sign on East Francis Avenue across from the intersection with North Jefferson Street."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

GEYER:

Discussed the G3 and all that was going on with the meetings.

Resolution No. 5-11-2010: "To pay Mockenhaupt Benefits Group $4,588.50 for consulting, actuarial and administrative services through March 31, 2010 for the Police Pension Plan.¨

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 5-12-2010: "To pay Mockenhaupt Benefits Group $3,831.50 for consulting, actuarial and administrative services through March 31, 2010 for the Firemenˇ¦s Pension Plan.¨

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 5-13-2010: "To close the Community Revitalization Account at PNC Bank and transfer the funds of $4,000.00 to the General Fund.¨

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 5-14-2010: "To send Mayor Matthews, Councilman Geyer, and City Clerk Tesauro to the Pennsylvania League of Cities Convention. City to cover the cost of the convention registration and lodging, not to exceed $2,500 from line item League of Cities Conventions."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, and Karpiak. Rush voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

Resolution No. 5-15-2010:"To place the bid out for the 2010 Street Paving Program. Bids will be accepted until June 16, 2010 at 4 p.m. at City Hall. Money to be taken from Liquid Fuels.¨

Karpiak added the three streets to be paved are Franklin, Robbins and Cemetery.

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

WEAVER:

Fire Department Report Health/Code Department Report New Haven Hose Report

Weaver recognized Tom Currey, Health Board, the Fire Department and the volunteers of New Haven Hose

RUSH:

Rush announced the Park and Recreation Meeting is June 2nd at 7 PM in Council Chambers and a Summer Sports Program that starts June 28th

Resolution No. 5-16-2010: "To join the Connellsville Cultural Trust, to promote and hold a Farmers and Art Market for 10 consecutive Saturdays beginning on July 3, 2010 through September 4, 2010. The Connellsville Cultural trust will reimburse any additional cost the city may incur for special event insurance policy if needed.¨

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 5-17-2010: "To add Russell Taylor to the 2010 seasonal employment list. Salary will be $7.25 with no benefits and paid from the seasonal employee line item on the budget.¨

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 5-18-2010: "To engage Clark Sedgwick to fill the position of Janitor at City Hall, with no cost to the City. His employment is contracted through the National Council on Aging, which will pay his salary. Start date to begin May 20, 2010.¨

Geyer questioned how long the contract will be.

Rush answered until the City decides they no long need him.

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Rush thanked everyone who helped clean East Park.

CITY TREASURER KELLER REPORT:

CONTROLLER WROTE REPORT:

Resolution No. 5-19-2010: "To schedule an Executive Session at 6:00 PM on June 16, 2010 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.¨

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Karpiak gave an update of the Triathlon and asked for volunteers.

Resolution No. 5-20-2010:"That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.¨

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

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