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August 21, 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.

REMARKS FROM VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Teri Snyder, 209 East Patterson Avenue, Connellsville, concerning the proposed Cat Ordinance

Yvonne Rush, 303 East Cedar Avenue, Connellsville, concerning being charged for the agenda.

Michele Lint, 213 West Morton Avenue, Connellsville, declined to speak due to her concern had already been addressed.

Jean Wrote, 402 South Twelfth Street, Connellsville, questioned Mr. Bodes where he was going to get the money to pay the Tax Anticipation Loan. Bodes answered we do not have the date to pay it back just yet, its open ended.

Judy Keller, City Treasurer, Connellsville, concerning a resolution on the agenda, “paying Attorney Toohey $500.” She noted that Council should have approved this and then use his services.

Mr. Ted Puitchard, Fairchance, discussed his opinion on habitual code violators, dog owners and the Ethics commission.

Richard Bower spoke concerning uneven pavement on Wills Road.

Matthews answered that the utility company that did the work has 60 days to let it settle then fix it.

CORRESPONDENCE: AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

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REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 8-1-08: “To accept the minutes from the July 10, 2008 City Council Meeting.”

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

MAYOR REED:

Announced the City received letters of support from the County Commissioners concerning the bridge project. The Commissioners contacted Penn DOT on the City’s behalf; the sidewalk will be 6 feet wide rather than the now 5 feet. Reed noted that this will give everyone the opportunity to get across the bridge safely. Penn Dot will have a meeting September 9th at 5 PM here in Chambers concerning the bridge and the public is welcome to be here.

Reed announced that over the next few years all the utilities will be replaced throughout the entire City. She announced we will make sure the streets will be put back the way it was.

Reed then noted how nice Third Street looks and she’s very proud of it. Flowers of Third Street: Below is a list of volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 169 & Cub Scout Pack 168 – both of Vanderbilt, PA Charles (Will) Redman, 3rd Boy Scout Austin Mitchell / Boy Scout Austin Mitchell / Boy Scout Daniel John / Boy Scout Jerrad John / Boy Scout Ryan John / Cub Scout Adult Leadership: Scout Master / Marry Mitchell Cub Scout Leader / Jane John

Proclamation – Reverend Ray W. Keefer of Central Fellowship Church

Police Report - Reed noted on the west side at 7th Street, the Street Department painted yellow lines to aid in preventing accidents there.

Resolution No. 8-2-08: “To authorize the Connellsville Veterans Commission to use the Veterans Plaza for the annual Patriots Day Program at 10:00 AM on September 11, 2008.”

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

Resolution No. 8-3-08: “To renew the annual contract with the State Police Western Pennsylvania Auto Theft Task Force for the fiscal year 2008 – 2009.”

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

Resolution No. 8-4-08: “To accept the resignation of Nancy Koller from the Recreation Board, effective immediately.”

Geyer thanked Koller for her time, work and efforts with the Recreation Board and programs and wished her well. He further reminded the Mayor that other names were available for consideration to be appointed to the Recreation Board.

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

Resolution No. 8-5-08: “To enter into a contract with Connellsville Housing Authority for the Provision of Supplemental Police Services at North Manor, pending review and approval of solicitor.”

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

Resolution No. 8-6-08: “To enter into a four year lease/purchase agreement with Ford Municipal Leasing for a 2008 Ford Explorer vehicle for the Police Department for use by Auto Task Force Officer. The City will be reimbursed the monthly lease payment of $499.73 from the State Police Auto Task Force at no cost to the City.”

McSheffrey – We have a 2008 Ford Explorer that we got through the Grace B. Turner Fund and it’s completely marked, we also put stickers in the back window in memory of Grace B. Turner because without that money we probably wouldn’t have that vehicle.

Geyer asked McSheffrey for a quick rundown of what the police fleet is. McSheffrey answered we have three impalas with many miles, and the police motorcycle which is limited and the new Ford which is limited use. We are selling two with high miles, the jeep and the car.

Reed – So we are replacing two vehicles with one. The police are trying to cooperate with the budget. We don’t want to think about a tax increase. We are very fortunate to have the task force, it provides a vehicle and a “paid job.”

Geyer questioned if the City still has the police van. McSheffrey answered yes.

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

Resolution No. 8-7-08: “To authorize a continuation of a partnership with local Business School(s) for the Student Clerical Internship Program. Student(s) to work in various departments for the City of Connellsville.”

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

Resolution No. 8-8-08: “To authorize Ed McSheffrey to handle the enforcement of the city's property maintenance, code ordinances and the Uniform Construction Code, as adopted by Connellsville City Council on a temporary basis.”

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

BODES:

Resolution No. 8-9-08: “To pay all bills as presented including all bills and expenditures for goods and services that exceed $500.00: Hanson Aggregates, Inc., $1,769.65; Stone and Company, $1,612.34; The HDH Group, $30,114.50.”

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

Resolution No. 8-10-08: “To make payment in the amount of $1,514.41 to cover the remainder of interest due for the late deposit of 2004 state aid. The amount of $1,027.33 to be paid from line item 410-740 for the Police Pension Plan and $487.08 from line item 411-740 to be paid to the Firemen’s Pension Plan. In 2007 the City had paid interest and penalty payments of $3,014.00 for the Police Pension Plan and $1,780.66 to the Firemen Pension Plan. This is for a total of $6,309.07 in interest and penalties. ”

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

Resolution No. 8-11-08: “To pay Mockenhaupt Benefits Group $1,295.00 for Administrative/Actuarial/Consulting fees for the period through May 31, 2008, for the Police Pension Plan.”

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

Resolution No. 8-12-08: “To pay Mockenhaupt Benefits Group $1,545.00 for Administrative/Actuarial/Consulting fees for the period through May 31, 2008, for the Fire Pension Plan.”

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

Resolution No. 8-13-08: “To advertise the following dates for the Mayor and City Council to prepare the Budget for 2009: September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, and November 7, 2008.”

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

Resolution No. 8-14-08: “To turn over to the Central Tax Bureau all delinquent 2007 Connellsville City Per Capital taxes on October 1, 2008. All residents are reminded to pay their 2007 per capita taxes by September 30, 2008. There will be no extensions of the deadline.”

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

Resolution No. 8-15-08: “To transfer $105 from Tax Office line item #379 Printing of Tax Notices into line item #210 Office Supplies, at the request of the City Treasurer.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative: Reed, Bodes, McIntire, Matthews and Geyer. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Resolution No. 8-16-08: “To exempt S. Murray from paying City Per Capita Tax of ten dollars for the year 2008 upon City Treasurers verification of proof that said individual’s income is less than $5,000 per year.”

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

Resolution No. 8-17-08: “To authorize payment of the Tax Anticipation Loan Agreement to PNC Bank. The loan was approved by City Council on December 13, 2007, in the amount of $450,000.00 with an interest rate of 3.8%.”

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

Resolution No. 8-18-08: “To authorize the retention of Attorney John Toohey and the payment of $500.00, as special legal counsel. Money to come from line number 420-460.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative: Reed, Bodes, McIntire, and Matthews. Geyer voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

GEYER:

Recreation Report

Matthews noted that East Park rest rooms will be unlocked until September 14, 2008.

MATTHEWS:

Street Department Report

Resolution No. 8-19-08: “To renew the Winter Municipal Snow Removal Agreement with Penn DOT for the 2008-2009 winter season. Allocation that the City will receive from Penn DOT is $23,759.80.”

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

McINTIRE:

Fire Department Report New Haven Hose Report

Resolution: “To adopt Ordinance No. 1464: An Ordinance providing for the licensing, vaccination and impoundment of cats and providing the penalties for violation of the provisions hereof.”

There was no second on this resolution and no further action will be taken on it.

Resolution No. 8-20-08: “To advertise the intention of Council to amend Section 5.02 and Section 6.02 of Ordinance No. 1413 being the Firemen’s Pension Plan, to bring said sections into compliance with Sections 4322 and 4321 of the Third Class City Code.”

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

Resolution No. 8-21-08: “To tentatively enter into an agreement between the International Association Firefighters Local 1917 and the City of Connellsville for a three year period ending December 31, 2010, pending legal review and approval by both parties.”

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

Resolution No. 8-22-08: “To advertise to hire for the position of Health Officer, Code Officer and Zoning Officer.”

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

CITY TREASURER KELLER’S REPORT:

Keller stated that the money being paid for late fees and interest into the fire and police pensions was not the responsibility of the depositor, since the money was deposited in the bank. CONTROLLER WROTE’S REPORT:

She questioned what line item is the $500 to Toohey is taken from. Bodes answered the Health Department’s legal fees.

Resolution No. 8-23-08: “Motion for an Executive Meeting at 6:00 PM on Thursday, September 18, 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: Reed, Bodes, McIntire, Matthews and Geyer. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Resolution No. 8-24-08: “That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.”

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

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