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July 9, 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 Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, and Geyer. Also attending this meeting were City Clerk Antoinette Tesauro and Solicitor Mitchell.

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

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Peter Jandura Jr. discussed Connellsville

Geno Gallo, Property Rights

Paul Dascani, Landlord Ordinance

Robert Carson, Connellsville Property Owner’s Association

CORRESPONDENCE:

Guy Tressler, Jr., Westside Hill Italian Bash

American Cancer Society, Relay for Life

Connellsville Veterans Association, POW MIA Ceremony

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 7-1-09: “To accept the minutes from the June 11, 2009 City Council Meeting.”

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

MAYOR REED:

Police Department Report

Fayette County property reassessment

Resolution No. 7-2-09: “To close certain City streets for the following events: Newmyer Avenue from Isabella Road to Sycamore Street from 8 AM until 12 noon for the annual Soap Box Derby to be held on Saturday, July 25th, 2009; and Banning Avenue blocked to vehicular traffic from the alley adjacent to 1336 Banning Avenue to the intersection of North Eleventh Street for the annual Westside Hill Italian Bash on July 19, 2009 at 1:00 PM.”

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.

Resolution No. 7-3-09: “To notify the Fayette County Office of Planning and Zoning and the Uniform Construction Code Office that all requests for demolition or new construction permits be presented to the Connellsville Planning Commission for review and approval prior to submission to the Fayette County Office of Planning and Zoning or the Uniform Construction Code Office.”

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

Resolution No. 7-4-09: “To authorize the opening of two separate bank accounts; The City of Connellsville Landlord Registration and Activity Fund and The City of Connellsville Cream of the Trail Refreshment Stand Fund with Scottdale Bank and Trust Company, 125 South Arch Street, Connellsville. The checks will bear two signatures: The Director of Accounts and Finance, Terry Bodes, shall countersign all checks with the City Clerk Antoinette Tesauro or Mayor Judy D. Reed providing the second signature.”

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.

Resolution No. 7-5-09: “To appoint Bobby Mulnix to the City’s Recreation Board, term to expire the first Monday of 2014.”

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

BODES:

Letter from UCOMP

Resolution No. 7-6-09: “To pay all bills/expenditures in excess of $500.00: The HDH Group, Casualty premium payment, $14,031.48; Widmer Engineering, Inc., Storm water management program, $960.00.”

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. 7-7-09: “To approve payment to Elliott Newman, impartial arbitrator, in the amount of $1,173.04 for the City’s paid Firefighter’s arbitration award.”

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

Mayor Reed showed the audience the Certificate of Appreciation given to the City by the Connellsville Patriots.

GEYER:

Street/Recreation Department Report

Geyer noted the sports programs are running well. He further added he would like to see everyone support St. Rita’s Festival.

Resolution No. 7-8-09: “To grant permission for the Christian Outreach Ministry to hold their 2nd annual Community Wide Block Party at the Yough Park, Pavilion #1, on July 18th from 2 PM till 8 PM. Permission is granted to have pony rides for the kids at the block party, under the condition this entire area is sanitized and cleaned afterwards.”

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

Resolution No. 7-9-09: “To permit Wal-Mart Softball League to hold their tournament and use the concession stand on September 19, 2009 at Woodruff Field pending review of their Insurance Certificate.”

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

Resolution No. 7-10-09: “To permit Mr. Perry Culver to use Woodruff Field for the fall Softball League pending review of their Insurance Certificate.”

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

Resolution No. 7-11-09: “To repeal Ordinance No. #1469, Bill No. 1 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.”

McIntire made clear he has nothing to gain from this ordinance.

Mayor Reed noted the many items the City had taken out of the ordinance after the CPOA requested it. She also discussed many issues concerning why this ordinance is needed: There is approximately 6,000 address changes a year; with any health issue or natural disaster, knowing who lives where can help the City officials take better control of the situation at hand.

Bodes added that no one on council has anything to gain from this ordinance. He also noted that we should at least give this ordinance a try and tweak it as we go along.

Geyer noted that the City shouldn’t waste time and money on something that will be gone January 1.

Matthews stated he was not for this ordinance because of the $50 inspection fee and the police entering homes.

Chief McSheffery announced that all landlords/tenants will be notified prior to inspection and that there will be no surprise entrances.

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

MATTHEWS:

Resolution No. 7-12-09: “To authorize Widmer Engineering to oversee the Bridge Inspection Program as required by the State for inspection, by April 2010, for all locally owned bridges over twenty (20) feet in length.”

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

MCINTIRE:

Health Department Report not available but letters he wrote were available New Haven Hose Report Fire Department Report

Resolution No. 7-13-09: “To advertise for bids for the City of Connellsville’s garbage service, contract to be two years beginning October 31, 2009 until October 31, 2011.”

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

CITY TREASURER KELLER’S REPORT:

CONTROLLER WROTE’S REPORT:

Resolution No. 7-14-09: “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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