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February 19, 2009 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 were Mayor Reed, Council Members McIntire, Geyer, Matthews, and Bodes. Also attending this meeting was City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Mitchell.

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

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

George Jacobs, Connellsville resident, discussed how the City could make money.
Johanna Harden, Connellsville resident, homeowner concerns

CORRESPONDENCE: AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST:

Connellsville Garden Club, 5th Annual Geranium Festival on May 23, 2009, from 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Veterans Commission, Memorial Day Parade
PLCM, 26th Annual High School Senior Essay Scholarship Contest
Perry Culver, use of Woodruff Field

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 2-1-09: "To accept the minutes from the January 13, 2009 City Council Meeting."

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

MAYOR REED:

Proclamation: John Woodruff Olympic Oak Tree Proclamation: Rotary Club of Connellsville Day MS-4 Storm Water Announcement Police Department Report

Resolution No 2-2-09: "To authorize the signing of the road closing request form as required by Penn DOT to close certain City streets for the following events:
Crawford Avenue between Arch Street and Pittsburgh Street for the Fifth Annual Geranium Festival and festivities on Saturday, May 23, 2009. Requesting that the street be blocked off from Friday evening after 9 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday evening. Pending review by Connellsville Police and Penn DOT approval.
West Crawford Avenue over Crawford Bridge, East Crawford Avenue, left onto North Pittsburgh Street, to the Memorial at 119 and North Pittsburgh Street for the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday,
May 25, 2009. Requesting that the streets be blocked off for 9:30 AM line-up on the West Side and the parade route at 10 AM. Pending review by Connellsville Police and Penn DOT approval."

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

Resolution No. 2-3-09: "To make the following appointments to the Board of Health: Johanna Harden, term to expire the first Monday of 2012, Kim Harrison, term to expire the first Monday of 2010."

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

Resolution 2-4-09: "To make the following appointments to the Historic Preservation Committee: Karen Hechler, Sandy Russell, Glenn Siple, Tom Rusneck and Judy Reed. The purpose of this committee is to identify, educate and advocate for historic preservation of buildings, historical sites, architecture and events from the rich history of Connellsville. Advisors are Michael Edwards, Cathy McCollum and Nancy Stafford. The committee shall function under the authority of the PA Municipal Authorities Act."

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

Resolution No. 2-5-09: "To introduce Ordinance # , Bill No. of 2009 , AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, FAYETTE COUNTY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, REGULATING RESIDENTIAL RENTAL UNIT OCCUPANCY AND PROVIDING FOR INSPECTION AND PENALTIES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE."

Mayor Reed explained the purpose of this ordinance is for the registration of renters in the City and enforcing property maintenance. Reed announced that the Ordinance will be available to the public and taken to the news media on Monday, February 23, 2009.

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

Bodes:

Resolution No. 2-6-09: "To pay all bills/expenditures in excess of $500.00; HDH Group, Commercial Insurance, $29,794.75, American Rock Salt, road materials, $3,748.41."

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

GEYER:

Geyer noted that at the next meeting, Council will vote on permitting Perry Culver to use Woodruff Park for the 35+ Softball League.

MATTHEWS:

Matthews questioned naming the Street and Recreation Department and if it needs to be named by ordinance. There are no problems with the departments combined.

Matthews announced that we are accepting applications for the on-call, part-time list for the Street and Recreation Departments.

Street and Recreation Department Report

Resolution No. 2-7-09: "To authorize the signing of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of General Services, Salt Contract Participation Agreement, that will run from August 2009 until July 2010. This states that we are to purchase 500 tons of road salt, of which we are responsible for 60% of the cost."

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

Council discussed naming the department and decided to have the City Solicitor check into the legality of renaming the Street and Recreation Departments into one department name.

Mayor Reed introduced Tyler Katona from Boy Scout Troop 101.

MCINTIRE:

Health Officer's Report
Fire Department Report
New Haven Hose Report

CITY TREASURER KELLER'S REPORT: No report available.

CONTROLLER WROTE'S REPORT:

Resolution No. 2-8-09: "That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn."

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

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