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January 4, 2010 City Council Minutes

This Reorganization Meeting for the 2010 Administration was held today at 10 AM in City Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 110 North Arch Street, Connellsville, PA. Attending this meeting were Mayor elect Charles Matthews, City Councilman Brad Geyer, City Council elects Tom Karpiak and Marilyn Weaver. Also attending were Yvonne Rush to be appointed to City Council; Antoinette Tesauro, City Clerk; Herbert Mitchell, III, City Solicitor, and Judge John Wagner to give the Oaths of Office.

This meeting began with Judge John Wagner giving Oath of Office to Mayor Charles Matthews. Wagner then gave Oath of Office to Councilwoman Marilyn Weaver, Councilman Tom Karpiak, and City Controller Jean Wrote.

Next Mayor Matthews called the Reorganization Meeting together. Roll call was taken by City Clerk Tesauro followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. See attendance above.

Reverend Don Smith, President of the Connellsville Ministerial Association welcomed the new administration. Reverend Smith also announced that on behalf of the churches in Connellsville, they will be there for this administration and praying for them to make improvements to this City and take it forward. He then led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mayor Matthews then announced his resignation as Councilman for the remaining two years.

Resolution No. 1-1-2010: "To accept the resignation of Charles Matthews as a Councilman for the City of Connellsville effective immediately."

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

Resolution No. 1-2-2010: "To appoint Yvonne Rush as a Councilwoman for the City of Connellsville, term to expire the first January in 2012."

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

Mayor Matthews then stopped the meeting for Judge Wagner to give Councilwoman Rush her Oath of Office.

Matthews then allowed time for the press and audience to take pictures of the new Administration. He then continued with the meeting.

Resolution No. 1-3-2010: "To consider a motion to reorganize Council: Charles W. Matthews, Mayor; Director of Accounts and Finance, Brad W. Geyer; Director of Public Health and Safety, Marilyn Weaver; Director of Public Works, Tom Karpiak; Director of Parks, Recreation and Buildings, Yvonne Rush."

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

Resolution No. 1-4-2010: "To declare the council 2009 retired sine die."

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

Resolution No. 1-5-2010: "To set the 2010 City Council Meetings for the following dates:

January 27, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15,

October 20, November 17, and December 15, 2010 at 7 PM in City Council Chambers, to conduct any and all City business."

Council discussed their options for Executive Sessions.

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

Resolution No. 1-6-2010: "To accept the minutes from the December 15, 2009 City Council Meeting."

Rush questioned if she should vote or abstain on this resolution. Mitchell answered that if she reviewed the minutes and was present at that meeting, she can vote on it.

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

DEPARTMENT REPORTS:

MAYOR MATTHEWS

Mayor Matthews thanked everyone who had faith in him and elected him as Mayor. He also noted he is looking forward to the next 4 years with the new Council and new ideas. We are trying to move the City forward in ways that we may have not looked towards in the past. I would like to thank everyone that came out today even with the weather the way it is. I’m looking forward to 2010 and hope we can move the City forward.

COUNCILMAN GEYER

Resolution No. 1-7-2010: "That City Council will send appropriate documentation to Tax Claim and meet with Xspand to initiate the process of collecting delinquent property taxes."

Geyer explained that this was brought up last year by Judy Keller, City Treasurer. Geyer noted this is a program that they will pay us for delinquent tax notices. He added that this administration does not know if it will help the City or not. This is the first step in the process. The delinquent tax notices need to be released to Xspand and they will review the information then meet with Council and say this is what we can or cannot do. I don’t know how this is going to work, but we will try.

Karpiak asked what Xspand’s collection process was.

Keller answered they do not harass residents and it’s handled through the Tax Claim Bureau. She further noted Council would have to meet with them to get more answers because she did not discuss in great detail all they do.

Mayor Matthews said they may just lien the property then collect their money when the property is sold. This is what someone from Uniontown explained to him.

Geyer stated that there are a few municipalities that use it and we can get more information from Xspand.

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

Resolution No. 1-8-2010: "To approve the signing for the new signature cards for the City accounts as follows: Brad W. Geyer, Director of Accounts and Finance; Judy A. Keller, City Treasurer; Jean Wrote, City Controller; and Mary E. McCarthy, Deputy City Controller."

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

Geyer then welcomed the new Council members and new Mayor. He stated he is as eager today as he was 6 years ago when he began on Council. Geyer stated he feels this is a great day for City Council and a really great day for the City of Connellsville. He added that their cooperation today, like he has seen in the past few months will continue on and do great things for our town. "Here is to 2010."

COUNCILMAN KARPIAK

Karpiak thanked everyone who supported and trusted him. "I’m optimistic for Connellsville. I feel things can and will get better and we have a plan to make it better. A lot of our plans have to do with the citizens of Connellsville. With tough economic times ahead, small towns can come back. I’m looking for ideas all of the time. If anyone has an idea, I’m willing to listen to it. I’m not talking just potholes, but anything that may better this City, then I am all ears."

COUNCILWOMAN WEAVER

She stated she is looking forward to serving her hometown and came back here and I love my hometown. I have an investment in my hometown and in its people. I’m looking forward to serving the residents of the City and listening to what they have to say. I will treat them all with respect and honesty. I wish us all good luck.

COUNCILWOMAN RUSH

Rush thanked Mayor Matthews and City Council for appointing her to City Council for the next two years. She thanked everyone who voted for her during the election. "I will definitely do my best to serve the citizens. I will work with anyone and welcome ideas. The Parks and Recreation Board will meet the first Wednesday of every month. January 6th here at City Hall will be our first meeting. Everyone is welcome and all ideas are welcome so we can see what can be done for the Park and Buildings.

CITY TREASURER

Judy Keller welcomed Mayor Matthews and the new administration.

CONTROLLER WROTE

Welcomed the new administration and presented her report for the year of 2009.

Mayor Matthews thanked everyone for braving out the weather. He then announced the next meeting is scheduled January 27, 2010 at 7 PM. After this meeting, each meeting will be the third Wednesday of each month.

Resolution No. 1-9-2010: "That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn."

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

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