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April 17, 2008 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, Matthews 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:

Mike Edwards, 207 South Pittsburgh Street, Connellsville spoke first concerning the Cultural Trust discussing the Main Street Program. Linda Shearer, Connellsville Area Sr. High School, 201 Falcon Drive, Connellsville. She spoke concerning the handful of students in her class and the good deeds they have been doing. Speaking were Bryce Beeghly, Treasurer and Brent Lint, President of the Connellsville Area High School Patriots. They announced their celebrities’ auction to be held on Thursday, May 8, 2008 at 5:00 pm for the preview and 6 pm is the auction. Johanna Harden, 1302 Chestnut Street, Connellsville, Business owner concerning rental properties in the city.

Correspondence:

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency concerning summer flooding. Proclamation – Nicholas S. Nagy, Boy Scout Troop 119 Proclamation – Nicholas Mongell, Boy Scout Troop 119

Regular Agenda:

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-01-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To accept the minutes from the March 20, 2008 City Council Meeting.”

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

DEPARTMENT REPORTS:

Mayor Reed

Trail Clean ups – Thanks to all who helped with the clean up Code Enforcement Training at Armory Police Report for March 2008 Abandoned vehicles and sidewalk parking Announced the City is the proud owner of the Armory Bike trail discussion Department of Environmental Protection meeting letting public know that there will be mining by Ohiopyle

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-02 -08, which was seconded by Bodes:

"WHEREAS, the City of Connellsville is interested in participating in a joint municipal project to build a biking and hiking trail running from Scottdale Borough to Connellsville City, along a determined route through Everson Borough, Upper Tyrone Township, Bullskin Township, and Connellsville Township; and

WHEREAS, representatives of the borough of Scottdale, City of Connellsville, Borough of Everson and Townships of Upper Tyrone, Bullskin, and Connellsville have been serving on a committee known as the Coal and Coke Trail Chapter’s “On to Connellsville” committee to develop plans to carry out such a trail project;

WHEREAS, the Coal and Coke Trail Chapter’s “On to Connellsville” committee will pursue state and federal grants for property acquisition, trail construction, and for the purchase/rental of tools and equipment for use by project volunteers;

WHEREAS, in order for the project to proceed from the planning stages to the construction stage, it is necessary for the Coal & Coke Trail communities to publicly declare their support for the Coal and Coke Trail Chapter’s “On to Connellsville” project, and their willingness to provide assistance as needed to help with the construction of the trail.

Now, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the City of Connellsville hereby declares its support for the Coal and Coke Trail Chapter’s “On to Connellsville” project, and agrees that the City of Connellsville will provide such assistance as the City may have reasonably available to help with the construction, maintenance, and management of the segment of the “On to Connellsville” project that is situated within its municipal borders.”

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

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-03-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To authorize the closing of certain streets for the 21st Annual Bud Murphy Memorial Race, June 12, 2008 at 7:00 pm.”

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

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-04-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To block Race Street from the corner of Davidson and Race to the corner of Race and Newmyer Avenue for South Side Elementary School as done in the past for the schools “Fun Day” on Friday, May 16, 2008, with a possible rain date of Wednesday, May 21, 2008. Requesting that the street be blocked off from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Pending review by Connellsville Police and Penn DOT approval.”

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

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-05-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To close certain streets for the Annual Conn-Area Catholic School Marathon, Friday, May 16th 2008, 9:45 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. streets to be closed: East Apple Street from Cottage Street to North Prospect Street. North Prospect Street from Apple Street to Orchard Alley. Orchard Alley from North Prospect Street to Cottage Avenue.”

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

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-06-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To authorize the payment of invoice number 06-00252 dated March 29, 2006, in the amount of $122.50.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Bodes, McIntire, and Geyer. Reed abstained due to the person who did the work is the husband of her niece. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-07-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To acknowledge the appointment of Carmine V. Molinaro, Jr. as legal council for the City’s Planning Commission on an as needed basis for code enforcement issues.”

Reed and Solicitor Bowlen made note that the City is just acknowledging that the Planning Commission appointed a solicitor.

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

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-15-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To reappoint Paul Whipkey to the Shade Tree Commission, appointment to expire the first Monday of 2013.”

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

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-08-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To hire Daniel Cocks on an as needed basis, for work at the Cream of the Trail refreshment stand at Yough Park. There are no benefits and hourly wage is $7.50 per hour. Profits from the refreshment stand will reimburse the recreation department for employee wages.”

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

Resolution: “To require that all full time non-union city employees contribute $30 per month toward health insurance coverage costs. Prescription plan shall have a co-payment of $10.00 for generic and $20.00 for name-brand drugs. All such employees will have the option to purchase Sickness and Accident Insurance coverage at their own expense, effective May, 2008.”

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-08-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To require that all full time non-union city employees contribute $30 per month toward health insurance coverage costs. Prescription plan shall have a co-payment of $10.00 for generic and $20.00 for name-brand drugs. All such employees will have the option to purchase Sickness and Accident Insurance coverage at their own expense, effective May, 2008.”

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

Bodes:

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-10-08, which was seconded by McIntire:

“To pay all bills as presented including all bills and expenditures for goods and services that exceed $500.00: American Rock Salt Co., road materials, $2,071.14 Amerihealth Casualty Services, Insurance premium liability, WC, $20,717.88 Ed Vincent Auto Body, police vehicle repair damage, $5,000.00 Bridgeway Power, generator maintenance agreement, $879.64

Reed noted that $4,500 of the cost for fixing the police car will be reimbursed from the insurance company. That actual cost to the city is the deductible of $500.

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

Geyer:

Recreation Department Report

Bake sale on May 3rd at the National City Parking Lot for the Sr. Citizen’s Center from 8 am – 2 pm. Anna Ruth Green, 724-628-6094 or Wally Cable 724-628-1704. Noted that Hillary Clinton was at Penn State and Bill Clinton will be at DiVito Park tomorrow.

Geyer introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-11-08, which was seconded by Bodes:

“To place all city recreation department employees under the direct supervision of the Street Department Foreman effective immediately until further action is taken by council.”

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

Geyer introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-12-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To add the following names to the on-call list for the Recreation/Street Department to be on an as needed basis: William Shawley, John Pastors, Robert Egan, Kody Wagner.”

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

Geyer announced that resolution is just adding to our on-call list that we have incase an employee will be off work for awhile.

Geyer thanked Ms. Shearer for the work she does at the high school with the children. He further noted he has attended some of the auctions and “they were fun and unique events.”

Matthews:

Matthews said the Street Department has been getting calls about run-offs. He requested that people keep the drains open when it does rain.

Street Department Report

McIntire:

Deputy Fire Chief, Dennis Petrowski, was named Fire Chief by Councilman McIntire.

Health/Code Officers Report Fire Department Report New Haven Hose Report Spring Clean up Day is May 3rd Community Yard Sale is also May 3rd Fayette County Hard to Recycle Drop Off Event May 3rd

Treasurer’s Report

Controller Wrote Report

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-13-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “Motion for an Executive Meeting at 6:00 PM on Thursday, May 15, 2008, for the purpose of considering pending or new employment, collective bargaining or litigation issues.”

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

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-14-08, 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, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

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