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July 10, 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, Bodes, and Matthews. Also attending this meeting were, City Clerk Antoinette Tesauro and Solicitor Bowlen.

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

Public Comment:

Mike Edwards, 507 South Pittsburgh Street, discussed the Redevelopment Authority and Cultural Trust, A River Runs Through It. Roberta Graft, 118 Snyder Street, discussed the new cat ordinance Thomas Lopzaswey, 336 North Pittsburgh Street, cat ordinance Melissa Tzan, 1116 Race Street, cat ordinance and compliments to the City of Connellsville. Correspondence:

Letter from Debbie Hinklie, 204 North 11th Street, concerning the proposed ˇ§Cat Ordinanceˇ¨. Letter from Penn DOT concerning plans for new truck ramp on 711. Regular Agenda:

Resolution No. 7-1-08: "To accept the minutes from the June 12, 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 were adopted.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS:

Mayor Reed:

Police Department Report Letter from Senator Kasunik supporting the Municipal Act and he will vote for it. Announced a resident wrote to the paper stating the Third Street flowers make the City look beautiful. The article was called "Looking good Connellsville.¨

Resolution No. 7-2-08: "To close the following streets for various reasons:

Carnegie Avenue from East Crawford Avenue to Orchard Alley on Saturday July 26, 2008 from 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM for the Elks Lodge #503 annual Block Party; to close City streets starting at South Pittsburgh and Green Street to Crawford Avenue then to First Street for the annual Timber Days Parade on Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 11:00 AM.¨

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 were adopted.

Reed announced the Chamber supports the Timber Days.

Reed stated she does not have a name for the Shade Tree Commission, therefore she will not read that resolution.

Resolution No. 7-4-08: "To accept the resignation of Nick Tazan from the Connellsville Recreation Board effective immediately.¨

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 were adopted.

Resolution No. 7-5-08: "To appoint John Lypson to the Connellsville Recreation Board effective immediately, term to expire January 2011.¨

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 were adopted.

Resolution No. 7-6-08: "Whereas the City of Connellsville has requested from Penn Dot District 12 that the Memorial Bridge Project for 2009-2010 includes safe passage for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists along the complete project boundaries. The City further requests that the pedestrian railing be mounted on the outside of the bridge deck to provide additional room for safe passage. The City further requests that the scenic Youghiogheny River be visible for passing motorists and pedestrians with no barriers that would obstruct the view.¨

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 were adopted.

Resolution No. 7-7-08: "To close the following streets for various reasons:

Wills Road between house #250 and #243 on August 16, 2008 for neighborhood block party, this section of street will be closed between 1:00 PM and 11:00 PM. Access to the other parts of the street will be maintained by using Angle Street and the paved alley that runs parallel to the area of concern.¨

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 were adopted.

Resolution 7-8-08: "For the Annual Soap Box Derby to be held Saturday, July 26, 2008, street to be closed is Newmeyer Avenue from Isabella Road to Sycamore Street, at 9:00 AM.¨

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 were adopted.

Resolution No. 7-9-08: ''To erect 'No Parking¨ signs along Pittsburgh Street extension from Gallo Lane to Connell Avenue upon recommendation from the Traffic Committee.¨

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 were adopted.

BODES:

Resolution No. 7-10-08: "To pay all bills as presented including all bills and expenditures for goods and services that exceed $500.00:

„« Widmer Engineering, $980.00, Salary of Engineer; „« Ed Vincent Auto Body, $2,505.00, Repair police vehicle „« VCS Group Inc., $5,000.00, Pre-fund health insurance.¨

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

GEYER:

Recreation Department Report

Resolution No. 7-11-08: "To waive all fees and permit Wal-Mart Softball Team the use of Woodruff Park on July 18, 2008 and September 20, 2008 for their softball tournament. Wal-Mart has provided $1,000,000 insurance coverage for the tournaments.¨

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

MATTHEWS:

Street Department Report

McINTIRE:

Health Officerˇ¦s Report Fire Department Report New Haven Hose Report

Resolution No. 7-12-08: "To direct the City Officials for the City of Connellsville to proceed with arbitration of the City of Connellsville Fire Department Collective Bargaining Agreement.¨

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 were adopted.

CITY TREASURER REPORT:

CONTROLLER REPORT:

Resolution No. 7-13-08: "Motion for an Executive Meeting at 6:00 PM on Thursday, August 21, 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 were adopted.

Resolution No. 7-14-08: "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 were adopted.

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