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August 18, 2010 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, at 110 North Arch Street, Connellsville, PA. Attending this meeting was Mayor Matthews, Council members Geyer, Karpiak, Weaver and Rush. Also attending this meeting were City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Mitchell.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Hill led invocation.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Peter Jandura, Jr., City Business

Michael Parlak, Boy Scout Troop #101 requested permission to build a memorial for Samuel Johnson, resident of the City from the Civil War (Battle of Antietam) who received a Medal of Honor.

Michael Edwards, Autumn Mum Festival on October 2nd from 10 AM until 5 PM on Crawford Avenue between Arch and Pittsburgh Streets. The event is sponsored by “Downtown Connellsville”.

Ethan Keedy, Connellsville Walk-A-Thon beginning at Yough Park to East Park on August 28th at a cost of $15, money to benefit East Park renovations. Music will be played from 2 PM until 5 PM.

Stephanie Campbell, Trail Town outreach, Youth Action Crew/Amtrak support, painting stage at East Park on August 21st from 9 AM until 12 noon.

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 8-1-2010: “To accept the minutes from the July 21, 2010 City Council Meeting.”

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

Resolution No. 8-2-2010: “To waive the 4-day Resolution Rule to allow for items submitted after the 4-day rule to be read at the meeting tonight, such Resolutions will be marked with an asterisk.”

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

CORRESPONDENCE:

Tom Rusnack, Historic Preservation Commission

Resolution No. 8-3-2010: “To accept the resignation of Tom Rusnack from the Historic Preservation Commission effective immediately.”

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

Matthews announced he will be meeting with the chairperson of that committee and discussing appointing new members due to members not showing up. He stated that anyone who is interested in being appointed to this committee to let him know.

Tom McFadden, Veterans Commission, September 11th Patriot’s Day Program at 10 AM

Joshua Lee Hayward requesting placement on Board of Health

Resolution No. 8-4-2010: “To appoint Joshua Lee Hayward to the Board of Health effective immediately, term to end the first Monday of January 2015.”

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

Susan McCarthy, Downtown Connellsville’s 1st Annual Autumn Mum Festival

Resolution No. 8-5-2010: “To close Crawford Avenue between Arch Street and Pittsburgh Street on October 2, 2010 from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM for Downtown Connellsville’s first Annual Autumn Mum Festival, pending approval from Police Chief and Penn DOT.”

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

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report

Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve

GEYER:

Resolution No. 8-6-2010: “To pay all bills/expenditures for goods/services in excess of $500.00 as submitted: Krumanacker Electric, Traffic lights/signal repairs, $1,382.98.”

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

Resolution No. 8-7-2010: “To modify Sun Life Financial Dental Insurance Plan effective August 1, 2010. The new plan will enhance employee’s dental benefits at a savings of $12,030.60 per year.”

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

Resolution No. 8-8-2010: “To pay Mockenhaupt Benefits Group $250 for consulting, actuarial and administrative services through June 30, 2010. Money to be taken from PNC Police Pension.”

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

Resolution No. 8-9-2010: “To approve the extension of the contract with Allegheny Energy Supply from 12 months to December 2013 (31 months), to supply the City with electric generation and transmission service for the City’s street lights, pending solicitor’s approval.”

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

Resolution No. 8-10-2010: “To approve a contract for 29 months, with First Energy Solutions, through KeyTex Energy, to supply the City with electric generation and transmission service for the City’s municipal locations, a projected savings of $2,300.00 yearly, pending solicitor’s approval.”

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

Resolution No. 8-11-2010: “To authorize the City Bookkeeper to offer two separate refunds out of the Parks and Recreation Department for park rentals."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Karpiak, Geyer, Matthews and Weaver. Rush voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Geyer announced the City voted to save more than $15,000 this meeting.

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

Karpiak discussed the Franklin Avenue Project. He noted it will be paved and handicapped accessible with ramps installed on sidewalks at the intersections.

Karpiak added that there will be a poker float on August 28th beginning at 2 PM behind St. Rita’s Church and ending at the pier. The registration is $20 per boat and will be paid at the Yough River Park stage. Each boat will receive two cards at the outset, two in the water and one at the pier. The winner of the best hand will receive cash based on the number of entrants. The money raised will go to the Parks and Recreation Department.

Karpiak requested public input on designating odd and even snow removal days on certain streets. He noted he will be working with Mayor Matthews and the Police Department about having vehicles with expired inspections and/or registrations removed.

WEAVER:

Fire Department Report Health/Code Department Report New Haven Hose Report

RUSH:

Public Buildings and Recreation Report

CITY TREASURER REPORT:

CONTROLLER REPORT:

Matthews announced the POW Program will be August 28th at 12 PM at the Readiness Center with Gerald Browell as Master of Ceremonies. Charles Watson, Vietnam Veteran, will be the main speaker.

Resolution No. 8-12-2010: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6:00 PM on September 15, 2010 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

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

Resolution No. 8-13-2010: “That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.”

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

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