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September 30, 2009 City Council (Special Meeting) Minutes

This special meeting of Connellsville City Council was held at 5:00 PM in City Council Chambers, Municipal Building, North Arch Street, Connellsville. Attending this meeting were Mayor Judy Reed, Councilmen Bodes and McIntire. Also attending were Antoinette Tesauro, City Clerk and Herbert Mitchell, III, City Solicitor. Absent were Councilmen Matthews and Geyer.

The Pledge of Allegiance was followed by a moment of silence.

There was no Public Comment.

Business began with Mayor Judy Reed:

"It is with great anticipation that I have called for this Special Meeting of Council. While the work to help make this happen has been going on for months, council’s immediate attention is necessary.
The actions that will come before council today are of significant importance.

Council’s approval of these resolutions will pave the way for the first steps in possibly acquiring a key, anchor property for the Main Street Revitalization. This lot has been identified as one of the most important locations for development by members of this council, Cathy McCollom, Trail Town Director, the Progress Fund, the Gateway to Gateway Initiative, Brad Clemenson, The PA Environmental Council, Tracey Stack, DCNR (Department of Conservation and Natural Resources), Jack Machek, DCED (Department of Community and Economic Development), Mullin & Lonergan and Pashek & Associated, The Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan, The Richard King Mellon Foundation that helped sponsor the Charette, the Youghiogheny River Water Trail and Linda Boxx, the Founder of the Great Allegheny Passage Hike and Bike Trail.

The specialist that identify communities integrity have emphasized that the historical and natural assets be maintained, restored or enhanced. This location has been identified as the Gateway. It will serve as a Gateway to visitors to cross over the bridge into historic downtown and open the Gateway view of the Youghiogheny River.

This special meeting will give the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority the authorization needed to begin the process to help make this a reality

I would like to thank the council members that attended so many meetings, were open minded to the advise from community development, trail town and economic development specialists. These resolutions tonight are just one step of the long revitalization journey. The Blue print Community, Early Intervention, Gateway to Gateway, Stewart’s Crossing, Yough River Park Renovation, the Armory Restoration, The Edwin Porter Theatre, The Main Street Program, the Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan, the many grants that were applied for and received on behalf of the city paved the way.

A community's revitalization is possible whenever Council allocates CDBG funds for these projects. Council members that have consistently supported revitalization efforts should be commended. The action of the City’s Boards and Authorities go a long way in reflecting the community. The efforts of the Redevelopment Authority Board and employees and the Health Officer and Board of Health’s have taken an active role in making the City a better place to live. There are many good city employees working to make Connellsville a city with a great future. Everyone working in concert will make for a better Connellsville."

Mayor Reed moved adoption of Resolution No. 9-15-09, which was seconded by Councilman Bodes:

Resolution: To direct the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority to begin to facilitate negotiations for the City to enter into an "option to purchase" property located at West Crawford Avenue and First Street for a price not to exceed the appraised value.

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Councilmen McIntire and Bodes, and Mayor Reed. The vote being unanimous, the resolution was adopted.

Mayor Reed moved adoption of Resolution No. 9-16-09, which was seconded by Councilman Bodes:


Resolution: To direct the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority to begin the process to modify the 2008 CDBG Contract Agreement to create a new Recreation Activity to build a park on the proposed acquisition of property located at West Crawford Avenue and First Street. Balance of the Acquisition Activity to be added to The Recreation Activity.

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Councilmen McIntire and Bodes, and Mayor Reed. The vote being unanimous, the resolution was adopted.

Mayor Reed moved adoption of Resolution No. 9-17-09, which was seconded by Councilmen Bodes:

Resolution: That this Special Meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Councilmen McIntire and Bodes, and Mayor Reed. The vote being unanimous, the resolution was adopted.

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