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April 10, 2007 Council Meeting 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, Matthews, Geyer and Bodes. Also attending this meeting were, City Clerk Antoinette Tesauro, Treasurer Keller, Police Chief Cooper, and City Solicitor Mundorff. A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance.

Proclamations:

  • Bi-Centennial Time Capsule
  • Business and Professional Women Equal Pay

Public Comment:

Tom Karpiak from Connellsville spoke of his concerns with the new Landlord Ordinance that the City has introduced.

Linda Allen from Connellsville spoke of the same ordinance.

Bill McCandless a landlord from Connellsville also expressed his concerns with the new Landlord Ordinance.

Regular Agenda:

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-1-07, which was seconded by Geyer: "To accept the minutes from the March 8, 2007 City Council Meeting."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-1-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, Geyer, Matthews, McIntire, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Correspondence:

Tesauro read a letter from Mr. Richard Parfitt, stating his resignation from the Police Civil Service Board.

Tesauro read another letter from Mary Lazor stating her joy with the swim program done for the children of Connellsville.

Department Reports:

Mayor Reed discussed the following issues:

  • Monthly Police Report
  • Yough River Trail Clean up and the Boy Scouts who helped
  • Post Office Food Drive May 12, 2007
  • Community Clean-Up May 17, 2007, 8:00 A.M. -12:00 P.M
  • Spring Clean Up April 28, 2007
  • Blue Print meeting
  • Connellsville Police Officers Association Motorcycle Dice Run
  • Connellsville Area High School Patriots Collective Drive for soldiers in Iraq
  • Large Trucks
  • Speeding

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-2-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To grant permission to close certain streets for the annual Francis "Bud" Murphy Memorial 5K Run & Walk, sponsored by Highlands Hospital on Thursday, June 14, 2007."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-2-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Matthews, Bodes, Geyer and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-3-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To renew a contract with New Haven Hose Volunteer Fire Department to display two American Flags in front of City Hall, Arch Street, on 10 patriotic observed holidays for the total cost of $80.00. Money is to be taken from Miscellaneous Contingencies."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-3-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, Matthews, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-4-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To appoint Widmer Engineering as the City's engineer for the year 2007. Retainer in the amount of $5,000.00."

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

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-5-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To authorize Widmer Engineering to oversee the Bridge inspection program as required by the State for inspection for all locally owned bridges over 20 feet in length. And authorizing the Widmer City Engineering Firm to submit the Proposal for the 5-year Bridge Inspection/Inventory for three (3) City of Connellsville bridges to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for 2008, 2010, 2012. The City is responsible for 20% of inspection costs and that amount shall be included in the city's budget for the years 2008 cost to be $5,101.46, 2010 cost to be $5397.53, & 2012 cost to be $5767.58."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-5-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Geyer, Bodes, Matthews, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-6-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To accept the resignation of Richard Parfitt from the Police Civil Service Board effective immediately."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-6-06 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Bodes, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-7-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To appoint Vincent "Vinny" Traynor to the Police Civil Service Board, Mr. Traynor will fulfill the unexpired term of Richard Parfitt. Term to expire January 1, 2011."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-7-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Matthews, Bodes, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-8-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To appoint Nicka Dunn to the Planning Commission, term to expire January 1, 2008."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-8-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-9-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To authorize the signing of the road closing request form as required by Penn DOT to close streets surrounding South Side Elementary School as done in the past for the schools "Fun Day" on Friday May 18, 2007, with a possible rain date of May 23, 2007. Requesting that the street be blocked off from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Pending review by Connellsville Police and Penn DOT approval."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-9-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Bodes, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-10-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To open all sealed bids for the sale of the police 2002 Chevrolet Impala."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-10-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, Matthews, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Tesauro opened the first bid from Grace Quality Used Cars in the amount of $2,222.00. A check worth 10% of bid was attached.

Tesauro opened the second bid from Roger Auto Sales in the amount of $1,430.00. A check worth 10% of bid was attached.

Tesauro opened the third from Zui Yarmark in the amount of $1,189.00. A check worth 10% of bid was attached.

Tesauro opened the forth bid from Liberty Motors Inc. in the amount of $1,651.99. A check worth 10% of bid was attached.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-11-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To accept the bid from Grace Quality Motor Sales in the amount of $2,222.00 for the sale of the police 2002 Chevrolet Impala."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-11-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, Matthews, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-12-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To permit and endorse the Connellsville Police Officers Association 1st Annual Motorcycle Dice Run on June 9, 2007."

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

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-13-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To close certain streets for the Annual Conn-Area Catholic School Marathon, Friday, May 18th 2007, 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 Resolution No. 4-13-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-14-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To enter into a site development partnership agreement with The Yough River Trail and The Regional Trail Corporation and the Connellsville Historical Society. The entities will work to develop the Stewart's Crossing area."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-14-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-15-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To approve the labor contract agreement for certain city employees between the City of Connellsville and United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union AFL-CIO-CLC on Behalf of Local Union 13836-10 United Steelworkers, pending final review and approval of solicitor. Contract is for 2006-2008"

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-15-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, and Reed. Nay votes were Matthews and Geyer. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-16-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To suspend the four (4) day notice rule in order to: Consider three (3) additional resolutions."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-16-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-17-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To move the May meeting from Tuesday May 10th to Wednesday May 16th."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-17-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-18-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To hire Patrick Ruff as a part-time employee on an as needed basis for the Connellsville Police Department. No benefits are available in this position and the salary will be $14.00 per hour."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-18-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes did not read his resolution "To pay all bills as presented including all bills and expenditures for goods and services that exceeded $500.00 for the month of April 2007." Due to the fact that he had some questions that needed to be answered

Geyer stated that a monthly report for his department is available upon request.

Geyer introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-20-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To put no more than $2,200.00 into renovations of the Woodruff Park infield. Money will be used from Softball league entry fee."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-20-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Matthews stated that a monthly report for his department is available upon request.

Matthews introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-21-07, which was seconded by Geyer: "To place the bid out for the 2007 Street Paving Program. Bids will be accepted until May 16, 2007 at 4 p.m. at City Hall. Money to be taken from Liquid Fuels."

Matthews stated that the streets that were to be paved are West Gibson Avenue, Meadow Lane, and Apple Street.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-21-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Matthews introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-22-07, which was seconded by Geyer: "To advertise to accept sealed bids for the sale of the 1994 Monroe gas powered salt spreader until May 16, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. Salt spreader will be sold As Is."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-22-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Matthews introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-23-07, which was seconded by Geyer: "To accept the bid from Krumanacker Electrical Services for $400.00 to do exploratory work for the lighting problem on Memorial Bridge. Money to be taken from Liquid Fuels street lighting."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-23-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

McIntire stated that a monthly report for his department is available upon request.

McIntire introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-24-07, which was seconded by Geyer: "To introduce a proposed plywood ordinance to regulate the covering of windows in structures and buildings."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-24-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

McIntire introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-25-07, which was seconded by Geyer: "To support a grass roots effect by concerned citizens to rename Joseph A. Hardy Connellsville Regional Airport to its lawfully original name "The Connellsville Airport."'

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-25-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

City Controller Wrote Report:

City Controller Wrote submitted a report to the Mayor, Council Members and Administrative Secretary. Available Upon Request

City Treasurer Keller Report:

City Treasurer Keller submitted a report to the Mayor, Council Members and Administrative Secretary. Available Upon Request

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 4-26-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "That this meeting of City council does hereby adjourn."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 4-26-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Bodes, Geyer, McIntire and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Katrina Angel,
Administrative Secretary

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