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June 16, 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 was Mayor Matthews, Councilpersons Geyer, Karpiak, Weaver and Rush. Also attending this meeting were City Clerk Antoinette Tesauro and Solicitor Mitchell.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance. Prayer was led by Suzanne Panzella.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Justin Greenwalt discussed the Aarons Building historic preservation.

Mike Edwards discussed events in the City with Armstrong such as Braddock’s Crossing and Art in the Park on June 26th. Also discussed Garden Club Tour, Lions Square concerts, July 3rd Farmers Market and Triathlon with Fireworks, July 7th being the Annual John Woodruff and Church tour, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity on July 25th and a feasibility study on Aaron’s Building. Edwards also spoke about the Armory Building and downtown Connellsville being an old blueprint community.

Goldie Brown discussed the Aarons Building and its past.

Melissa Tzan announced the Summer Youth Recreation Programs.

Ethan Keedy announced a walk-a-thon on August 28th at 11 AM at a cost of $15 at Yough Park. He also briefed on the renovation of East Park Stage.

Laura Nagle, Trail Town Outreach Corps. requested backyard gardeners for cleanup day from 9 AM until noon at East Park and Yough Park.

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 6-1-2010: “To accept the minutes from the May 19, 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:

Matthews went on record to say that “I on this council would never try to move to be placed on the National Historic Registry because of the problems it takes when half of it falls down to get it tore down.” He further noted his concern is that the Aarons Building is going to fall down and hurt someone, and with the City in possession of the building, then the City will be liable. Matthews stated that if anyone knows of someone interested in buying and restoring the building, let Council knows because they are open to that (marketing it). He further noted that if it wasn’t for CDBG money, the City would not be able to afford to tear it down. Matthews stated the Aarons Building is a safety issue with him due to the piece that had fallen off of it.

Matthews thanked all of the groups that have come forward to hold events throughout the City and giving the citizens of this City something to do and enjoy.

Next he discussed the storm sewer systems and what is not permitted in it by law. Police Department Report

Resolution No. 6-2-2010: “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.

Guy D. Tressler, Jr., President of Westside Hill Italian Bash Committee, July 18th at 1 pm

Resolution No. 6-3-2010: “To have Banning Avenue blocked off to vehicular traffic from the alley adjacent to 1336 Banning Avenue to the intersection of North Eleventh Street on the morning of Sunday, July 18, 2010 until the Westside Hill Italian Bash is over, pending review of the Police Chief.”

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.

Nancy Dye, John Woodruff Race Committee, July 7th at 6:30 pm

Resolution No. 6-4-2010: “To close certain City streets for short periods of time from 7 PM until 8 PM on Wednesday, July 7th as requested by the John Woodruff Committee, pending review of the Police Chief and PennDOT. Further authorizing the police and fire personnel to assist in traffic.”

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.

Gary Barker, Elks Lodge, Block Party June 27th

Resolution No. 6-5-2010: “To close North Carnegie Avenue from Crawford Avenue to Orchard Alley from 9 AM, June 26, 2010 until 9 AM on June 27, 2010 for the Annual Elks Lodge #503 Block Party, pending review of the Police Chief and Penn DOT.”

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.

Pastor Dennis Roser, Trinity Lutheran Church car show, July 3rd

Resolution No. 6-7-2010: “To permit Trinity Lutheran Church to use three City parking lots and Cameron Court on July 3rd to hold a car show and host vendors in conjunction with the Triathlon. The parking lots granted for use will be the upper parking lot of East Crawford Avenue and two on Fairview Avenue. The City will close East Fairview Avenue from South Pittsburgh Street to Carnegie Avenue, pending review and approval of the police chief and Penn DOT.”

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. 6-6-2010: “To enter into an agreement with the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority agreeing not to sell the Armory prior to the end of calendar year 2010, so that a feasibility study for the best use of the building may be completed; funding was received from the Growth Fund of Fayette County to complete this study at no cost to the City.”

Matthews asked Solicitor Mitchell to find out if the City has to get the Aarons Building appraised and assessed to sell it or put it out for bid and other avenues to sell the building.

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Geyer and Rush. Voting nay were Karpiak, Weaver and Matthews. The majority of the votes being negative, the resolution was not adopted.

GEYER:

Congratulated Joey Leonard and the Leonard family. Joey was drafted by the Braves, third round.

Announced the Ice Mine, Saturday, June 26th at DeVito Park is a grand opening. There will be free skating.

Geyer thanked all of the groups involved with helping improve the City’s upkeep and flowers.

Resolution No. 6-8-2010: “To pay all bills/expenditures for goods/services in excess of $500 as submitted: Traffic Control Equipment & Supplies, traffic signal repairs, $597.02, Widmer Engineering, salary of Engineer, $1,460.00.”

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. 6-9-2010: "To close the Third Street Flowers account at PNC Bank and donate the funds of $57.37 to the Trail Town Outreach Corps."

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

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

Resolution No. 6-10-2010: “To make the vendor’s rental space for the July 3rd Triathlon of $100 per space, to be all inclusive of all other City licensing fees and that all vendors are still to register with the appropriate City agencies.”

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. 6-11-2010: “To open all sealed bids for the street paving project as advertised on May 26, 2010 and June 9, 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.

City Clerk Tesauro announced there are seven bids then opened them as follows:

A. Folino Construction, Inc. at $84,378.75 El Grande Industries, $86,317.00 Morgan Excavating, L.P., $86,317.00 Peter J. Caruso & Sons, $88,600.00 Victor Paving Company, $75,988.00 Donegal Construction Corp., $88,108.00 W.G. Land Company, LLC, $108,655.50

Resolution No. 6-12-2010: “To award the bid from Victor Paving Company in the amount of $75,988.00 for the street paving project, contingent upon the City Engineers and City Solicitors recommendation and approval.”

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 discussed bringing people into the City through different events and people having fun. “We need to promote this City, people may like this City.” We need to work to bring people into the City and there are people who are willing to work for a positive result. Karpiak thanked many residents for their contribution in helping with the Triathlon. He noted signups are at Yough Park on July 3rd at 9 am and Race begins at 8 am. Triathlon is at 9 am. Karpiak announced that if you need someone experienced in biking, running, etc., please let him know because there are people looking for teams. He discussed events that are going to take place at the Triathlon and food that will be made.

WEAVER:

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

Resolution No. 6-13-2010: “To accept the resignation of Kim Harrison as a member of the Board of Health effective immediately.”

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

Resolution No. 6-14-2010: “To hire Kim Harrison as the secretary of the Board of Health effective immediately at a salary of $65.62 per month with no benefits.”

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

Weaver announced that there is now an opening on the Health Board since Harrison resigned. “If there is anyone who is interested in serving on this board, please send a letter to the City and to my attention.”

RUSH:

Rush announced the Recreation Board meeting will be July 7th at 7 PM at City Hall. She also announced that there are openings on the Recreation Board and its all volunteer work. Rush requested residents to send a letter of interest to City Hall in care of her name. She thanked all the organizations for cleaning up the parks. Rush announced that the juveniles will begin cleaning parks on Monday and each will be supervised.

Public Buildings and Recreation Report

CITY TREASURER KELLER’S REPORT:

CONTROLLER WROTE’S REPORT:

Resolution No. 6-15-2010: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6:00 PM on July 21, 2010 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

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

Resolution No. 6-16-2010: “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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