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December 13, 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 Matthews, McIntire, Geyer, and Bodes. Also attending this meeting were, City Clerk Antoinette Tesauro and City Treasurer Judy Keller.

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

Public Comment:

Yvonne Rush of 303 East Cedar Avenue, Connellsville, discussed a neighborhood cat problem. Health Officer Rita Bornstein will be responding to this complaint.

Melissa Tzan of 1116 Race Street, Connellsville. Tzan discussed properties and school taxes.

Judy Keller, City Treasurer, spoke next. She questioned items on the Agenda and spoke about finances.

Regular Agenda:

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No.12-1-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To accept the minutes from the November 6, 2007 City Council Meeting.¨

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 12-1-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. Matthews vote was nay. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Correspondence:

Department Reports:

Mayor Reed discussed the following issues: Police Officers' report for October and November 2007. Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 12-2-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To adopt Ordinance #1143 regulating the number of rank and file police officers for the City of Connellsville.¨

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 12-2-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Bodes, Geyer, and Reed. Matthews vote was nay. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 12-3-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To authorize the Director of Accounts and Finance to transfer money as necessary from the Parking and Revitalization PLIGIT Account, to the General Fund for whatever general purpose City Council deems as in the best interest of the City, to meet unexpected expenditures to meet the financial obligations of the City for the year 2007.¨

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 12-3-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. Matthews vote was nay. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 12-4-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To reimburse the Parking and Revitalization PLIGIT Account the amount of funds transferred to the General Fund for whatever general purpose City Council deemed as in the best interest of the City, from 2008 revenue.¨

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 12-4-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Geyer, Bodes, McIntire, and Reed. Matthews vote was nay. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 12-5-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To approve the recommendation of the Zoning Hearing Board Public Meeting of November 8, 2007, approving the DeMuth subdivision plan, adhering to the requirements of the Subdivision/Land Development Ordinance and Zoning Ordinance for the City of Connellsville.¨

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 12-5-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Matthews, Bodes, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

1. Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 12-6-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "Resolution: "WHEREAS THE Connellsville Township, South Connellsville borough and the City of Connellsville will be operating an inter-municipal, cooperative project to Create a Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Land Use Plan as well as Zoning Update and Core Revitalization for the City of Connellsville, AND WHEREAS THE City of Connellsville withes to participate in said inter-municipal, cooperative project. AND WHEREAS THE Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development make available grants-in-aid to such projects through the Land Use Planning and Technical Assistance Program, NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the City of Connellsville hereby authorized the Connellsville Township Board of Supervisors to make application for such grant on our behalf. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the City of Connellsville hereby allocated municipal resources in the amount of $5,000 (cash) to said project. Money to be taken from the Good Neighbor Account¨

Mayor Reed noted that Connellsville Township volunteered to take the lead and the City would not be burdened.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 12-6-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, McIntire, Bodes, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 12-7-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To set the meeting time and place for the City Council Meetings of the City of Connellsville for 2008 to the following: Jan. 15; Tuesday; Feb. 12; Tuesday; Mar. 11; Tuesday; Apr. 17; Thursday; May 15; Thursday; June 17; Tuesday; July 15; Tuesday; Aug. 12; Tuesday; Sept. 18; Thursday; Oct. 16; Thursday; Nov. 13--Thursday and Dec. 16; Tuesday at 7:00 PM following a 6:00 PM executive session.¨

Matthews made note of public comments to him addressing the council meetings not being set the same pattern each month. A discussion erupted concerning this matter.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 12-7-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, McIntire, Bodes, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes:

Bodes made note that citizens of Connellsville supporting the businesses of Connellsville during the holiday season would be very helpful to the community.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 12-8-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To adopt 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. 12-8-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, and Reed. Geyer and Matthews voted nay. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 12-9-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To adopt 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 Resolution No. 12-9-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, Geyer, and McIntire, Reed. Matthews voted nay. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 12-10-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To adopt proposed Ordinance #____, Bill No. #3 of 2007 AN ORDINANCE FIXING THE SALARIES PAYABLE BY THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILE FOR THE VARIOUS POSITIONS ENUMERATED HEREIN FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2008, AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES INCONSISTENT HEREWITH.¨

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 12-10-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. Matthews voted nay. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 12-11-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To enter into a Tax Anticipation Loan Agreement for the year 2008 in the amount of $450,000 with PNC Bank at the rate of 3.80% interest for 12 months.¨

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

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 12-12-07, 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 November, 2007.¨

„« "To pay $548.25 to Edmunds & Associates to upgrade the computer financial package.¨ "To pay $6,191.08 to American Rock Salt Company for the purchase of rock salt.¨

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

Mayor Reed read for the second time, Resolution No. 12-7-07 referring to the council meeting dates for 2008.

Geyer:

Recreation Department report

Letter from George Kosisko of the Recreation Department concerning two furnaces in the Fire Department that needs replaced due to high levels of carbon-monoxide.

Matthews:

Street Department Report

Read letter from Vern Ohler, concerning late pick up of leaves. Letter explained that the delay is due to the weather.

McIntire:

Health Department Report

McIntire introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 12-13-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To authorize the Redevelopment Authority to request bids for demolition of public nuisances in the City of Connellsville, as submitted by the Connellsville Health Board. The properties to be considered are as follows: 911 Aetna Street; Rear 509 North Pittsburgh Street; and 231 East Fairview Avenue.¨

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 12-13-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, Matthews, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Letter of resignation from Frances 'Joe' Childs, Fire Chief beginning January 1, 2008. McIntire made note of the 30 + years Chief Childs worked for the City of Connellsville and publicly thanked him for his many years of service. The rest of council thanked Joe for his years of service, wishing him the best.

McIntire introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 12-14-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To accept the retirement letter of Fire Chief Francis Joe Childs effective January 1, 2008.¨

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 12-14-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. . The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Treasurers' report for November 2007.

City Controllers' Report. A CORRECTION WAS MADE TO THE CITY CONTROLLERS' REPORT THAT WAS PRESENTED. CORRECTION WAS IN THE AMOUNT OF $17,099.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 12-15-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.¨

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 12-15-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, Reed Matthews, Geyer and McIntire. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the Resolution were adopted.

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