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November 6, 2007 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, and 110 North Arch Street, Connellsville, PA. Attending this meeting were Mayor Reed, Council Members McIntire, Geyer, and Bodes. Also attending this meeting were, City Clerk Antoinette Tesauro and City Treasurer Judy Keller. Councilmember Matthews was absent.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance.

Proclamations:

Public Comment:

Mike Edwards, 507 South Pittsburgh Street: Mr. Edwards was representing the Connellsville Cultural Trust in which he is President. He noted that it is their mission as a non-profit organization to improve the quality of life in the greater Connellsville region by preserving historical and cultural assets as well as supporting arts and educational initiatives. He noted it・s been proven throughout the county that economic development has been spurred through historic preservation and the arts. It is our vision to encourage the revitalization of our downtown by preserving it・s nature, creating that small downtown feel and making it both pedestrian and bicycle friendly including shopping, recreation, leisure time activity and possible residential use. We hope to attract both visitors and residents to our events, shopping and dining. A downtown is both the heart and soul of a city. Some see Connellsville as a dying town. We want to be that breath of life that revives our community. We toured in Cumberland, Maryland with residents, business owners, and members of non-profit organizations. We met with their Mayor, Economic Development and their business owners. We were able to see what they did in a short six year time frame. They went from store fronts of a 70% vacancy to 90% occupancy rate. We hope we can implement some of those positive findings from their city into ours and create a sister city project. It・s vital that all communities along the great Allegheny passage work together to provide a memorable experience for users of this trail. What I want to share with you tonight are some of the findings from the discussions we had with Cumberland・s leadership. They found that foremost they had to enforce and implement building codes and standards and we agree that this is paramount. The cost of empty store fronts can be astronomical starting with the lack of rent to the business to the paycheck for the employees to the tax revenue to the City. It・s imperative that we keep the City open for business. In a couple of weeks the trust will be working with the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority to initiate the State・s Main Street Program which is a multi-year plan that help・s the revitalization process. We know this will not happen overnight. We need the help of all our citizens, young and old alike, business owners and council・s support. He noted the opportunities available for business owners and potential business owners, the organization is the progress fund, the initiated the program called the Trail Town Initiative. He noted their website is Connellsvilleculturaltrust.org and that all information that they have and all the organization is undertaking is available on that website.

Next were Anthony Merindino, Dick Gasbarro and Marilion Weaver complimenting Mr. Edwards and the trip to Cumberland along with their positive points and hopes of the Cultural Trusts' goal.

Regular Agenda:

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No.11-1-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To accept the minutes from the October 9, 2007 City Council Meeting.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 11-1-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Correspondence:

Tesauro read the first piece of correspondence, Protective Services Class of Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center.

Department Reports:

Mayor Reed discussed the following issues:

Announced the death of John Woodruff and what he means to the City. Discussed: Police Report Penn DOT -Connellsville City Hall-Memorial Bridge repairs

Reed noted for the record: Representatives from the City, Penn DOT, the McGuire Group, DMJM Harris, and Progress Fund all met on October 11th to discuss the work to be done on the Memorial and 6th Street Bridge. On October 24th Penn Dot met again here at City Hall and opened a meeting to the general public.

CORRESPONDENCE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Congratulated Mr. Bodes on the work he has done with the budget.

Read letter from Ladies Auxiliary VFW

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 11-2-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To authorize the VFW Ladies Auxiliary to conduct Buddy Poppy Days in Connellsville, November 9, & 10 to provide financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans・ rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the V.F.W. National Home for orphans and widows of our nation・s veterans.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 11-2-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Bodes, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 11-3-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To hire Shelley Seighman to fill the position of Administrative Secretary for the City of Connellsville, salary and benefits determined by labor employee contract, employment beginning December 3, 2007.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 11-3-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 11-4-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To hire Thomas Michael Patton to fill the position of police officer, pending successful completion of additional testing. Employment to begin November 16, 2007, salary and benefits determined by labor employee contract.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 11-4-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Geyer, Bodes, McIntire, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 11-5-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To renew lease agreement with the US Railroad Retirement Board with an increase in the monthly rental payment for the use of the City Council Chamber for a period of one year, beginning January 1, for a yearly fee of $240.00.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 11-5-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Bodes, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 11-6-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "Whereas, the City of Connellsville ("applicant") desires to undertake the following project: Gateway to Gateway on the Great Allegheny Passage in Connellsville; and WHEREAS, the applicant desires to apply to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources ("Department") for a grant for the purpose of carrying out this project; and WHEREAS, the application package includes a document entitled "Terms and Conditions of Grant and a document entitled "Signature Page for Grant Application and Grant Agreement, and WHEREAS, the applicant understands that the contents of the document entitled "Terms and Conditions of Grant, including appendices referred to therein, will become the terms and conditions of a Grant Agreement between the applicant and the Department if the applicant is awarded a grant, and WHEREAS, the applicant understands that, by signing the "Signature Page for Grant Application and Grant Agreement and submitting it to the Department as part of the grant application, the applicant agrees to the terms and conditions of the grant and will be bound by the Grant Agreement if the Department awards a grant; NOW THEREFORE, it is resolved that: 1. The "Signature Page for Grant Application and Grant Agreement may be signed on behalf of the applicant by the official who, at the time of signing, has the title of Mayor. 2. If this official signed the "Signature Page for Grant application and Grant Agreement prior to the passage of this Resolution, this grant authority applies retroactively to the date of signing. 3. If the applicant is awarded a grant, the :Signature Page for Grant Application and Grant Agreement, signed by the above official, will become the applicant/grantee's executed signature page for the Grant Agreement, and the applicant/grantee will be bound by the Grant/Agreement. 4. Any amendment to the Grant Agreement may be signed on behalf of the grantee by the official who, at the time of signing of the amendment, has the title specified in paragraph 1 and the grantee will be bound by the amendment.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 11-6-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Bodes, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 11-7-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To amend Ordinance #1143 regulating the number of rank and file police officers for the City of Connellsville.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 11-7-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Bodes, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes:

City financial status

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 11-8-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To amend Ordinance No. 1448 Bill #4 of 2006, by increasing the annual EMS tax from $40 to $52, as recommended by RDM, consultants to the City under the Early Intervention Plan.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 11-8-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, and Reed. Geyer voted nay. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 11-9-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To authorize transfer of $6,000 from the Drug and Alcohol account to building monitor line item.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 11-9-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, Geyer, and McIntire, Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 11-10-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To pay all bills as presented including all bills and expenditures for goods and services that exceed $500.00 for the Month of October, 2007.

To pay Case Sabatini $9,475.00 for examination of financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2005. To pay Fay-West Copier Service $549.00 for the yearly copier maintenance fee. To pay The Tupper Group $1,300.00 the annual membership fee for the police department. To pay Watson Mundorff Brooks & Sepic $1,392.00 for legal work on city business.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 11-10-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 11-11-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To hire Patricia Miller to fill the position of temporary part-time clerk in the City Tax office per legal advertisement. Compensation is now being paid by the Connellsville Area School District at $7.50 an hour for the remainder of the 2007 calendar year.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 11-11-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 11-12-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To terminate the City・s worker compensation insurance with Inservco at your end December 31, 2007 and accept the insurance proposal from Companion Property & Casualty Insurance Company for Workers Compensation Coverage in the amount of $79,347 pending solicitor・s final review and approval.

Councilman Geyer made note that he just received the information on this change an hour ago. He further noted he did not feel that was adequate time to review the information and vote on it this evening.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 11-12-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, and Reed. Geyer voted nay. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 11-13-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To terminate the City's coverage for property and liability insurance with Penn Prime at year end December 31, 2007 and accept the insurance proposal from HDH Group, Inc. for Property, Crime, Equipment, Automobile, Fire, Thief, Public Officials Errors and Omissions and General Liability Insurance coverage for the City in the amount of $120,458.00, pending solicitors final review and approval.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 11-13-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, and Reed. Geyer voted nay. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 11-14-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To introduce proposed Ordinance #_______________, Bill No. # 1 of 2007, AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, SHOWING THE ESTIMATED RECEIPTS, EXPENDITURES, AND LIABILITIES OF EVERY KIND FOR ALL THE FUNDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2008 WITH THE BALANCE OF UNEXPENDED APPROPRIATIONS AS THE BASIS FOR FIXING THE LEVY AND TAX RATE FOR SAID FISCAL, YEAR APPROPRIATING THE VARIOUS AMOUNTS SHOWN AS PROPOSED EXPENDITURES HEREIN FOR THE EXPENSES OF THE CITY FOR SAID FISCAL YEAR FROM THE REVENUE AVAILABLE FOR SAID FISCAL YEAR FOR THE DEPARTMENTS, BUREAUS, AND SPECIFIC PURPOSES SET FORTH HEREIN, AND THE REPEALING OF ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES INCONSISTANT HEREWITH.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 11-14-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, and Reed. Geyer voted nay. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 11-15-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To introduce Ordinance # , Bill No. #2 of 2007 an Ordinance of the City of Connellsville, County of Fayette, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, fixing the real estate tax rate and residence tax rate for all city purposes for the fiscal year 2008, and repealing all ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith.

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, Reed and McIntire. Geyer voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the Resolution were adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 11-16-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To introduce proposed Ordinance # , Bill No. 3 of 2007, AN ORDINANCE FIXING THE SALARIES PAYABLE BY THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE FOR THE VARIOUS POSITIONS ENUMERATED HEREIN FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2008, AND REPAEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES INCONSISTENT HEREWITH.

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, Reed, and McIntire. Geyer voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Geyer read the Recreation Department Report which is available upon request.

Matthews was absent. Street Department Report available upon request.

McIntire stated that a monthly report for his department is available upon request.

City Treasurer Keller Report: Not due until November 10th.

City Controller Wrote submitted monthly report. Available Upon Request

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 11-17-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

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