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February 17, 2010 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 Matthews, Council Members Karpiak, Weaver and Rush. Also attending this meeting were City Clerk Antoinette Tesauro and Solicitor Mitch Mitchell. Councilman Geyer was absent.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Don Smith said prayer.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:
David McIntire discussed Health and Code issues for the City. Elisa Mayes discussed the Trail Town Outreach Corps 2010.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Dick Witt (read by Karpiak) thanking the City for the great job making the streets passable. Karpiak also thanked the McLuckeys for their letter of thanks to the Street Department.

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 2-1-2010:
“To accept the minutes from the January 27, 2010 City Council Meeting.” Rush asked Council when they received their minutes to review them. Matthews answered that he just received his in the mail the other day, but is not sure how long ago they were send through the computer. Rush stated “I did not receive mine at all.” Tesauro stated she knows that the secretary sends them out by email to everyone. Rush stated she got her agenda by email but did not get her minutes. Weaver said she received hers but doesn’t remember when. Matthews stated they will talk with the secretary and have her send them out quicker. Karpiak said he got a copy in his email. Matthews said they will check into it and she (Rush) can abstain on the vote since she didn’t get the minutes. Rush answered that she will just vote no. A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver and Karpiak. Rush voted no. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report Discussed the conditions of the roads and the Street Department. Matthews announced the Street Department personnel was cut down years ago because the City was not getting bad winters. He also noted that department could do a better job if they hired 6 more people and raised taxes about 10 mills, but he doesn’t feel that is realistic. Matthews said they brought in emergency people and declared a State Of Emergency. He also noted that there are still side streets and alleys that need work. Matthews announced the guys in the Street Department are working 12 hour shifts then taking 4 or 5 hours then coming back for another 12 hour shift. He noted Karpiak had contractors coming in to just try and get the snow removed from the side of the roads. Matthews said he realizes the City is not 100% yet, so if anything needs done and if there is anymore room on the Street Foreman’s machine, just call down there and leave a message. He announced the State’s reimbursements are low and the Street Department has depleted their overtime for the year. Matthews noted that many people feel the Street Department didn’t do a good job, but added that years ago there was more employees and “we have not seen snow like this in years” but he commends the Street Department and feels they are doing a great job.

Resolution No. 2-2-2010:
“To make the following appointments and reappointments: Recreation Board, Barbara Bailey, term to expire the first Monday, 2012; Planning Commission, Dave Leeder, term to expire the first Monday, 2014.” Matthews announced that even though it’s Rush’s Department, he makes the appointments to the Board. He announced there are other letters of interest to the Recreation Board but they all live in the south side area and connected to Austin Park. Matthews explained if they were all appointed to the Recreation Board, then it would seen more like an Austin Park Board and not a city board. He asked that if anyone who lives on the East End, West Side or North End that would like on the Recreation Board to please call City Hall or email Councilwoman Rush or himself. He make it clear he appreciates the others wanting on the board, but needs it to be a city-wide board. A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Karpiak and Rush. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

GEYER: ABSENT

KARPIAK:

Street Department Report Discussed the Street Department, snow conditions and sub-contractors. He thanked residents for stepping up and shoveling their own street and other streets around them. Karpiak added that if someone is snowed in and can’t get out, call the Street Department or City Hall, because they want to know about it. He noted there are people out there that are willing to help people who need to go to a doctor’s appointment, the grocery store or the pharmacy. He reminded the public that sidewalks are the owner’s responsibility to keep clear of snow and ice.

WEAVER:
Weaver thanked the Street Department for the job well done. Health/Code Department Report New Haven Hose Report Thanked the Street Department for their work during the blizzard. Announced the City is still reviewing the RFP’s for the Aaron Building, so there will not be a resolution for it this evening.

RUSH:
Gave a reminder that the Recreation Board Meeting is March 3rd at 7 PM in Council Chambers.

Resolution No. 2-3-2010:
“To advertise for written proposals in regards to operations at the Cream of the Trail refreshment stand.” Karpiak stated he would like to see a few things with this: First he questioned if the City was going to accept bids strictly on price or what they are going to bring to the community, how they are going to do it and what they are going to do. Rush answered they are just advertising for anybody, whoever is interested for a written proposal, we can all get copies of it then discuss it and decide together. Karpiak said he knows people who are interested in it. A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Karpiak and Rush. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

CITY TREASURER KELLER’S REPORT

CONTROLLER WROTE’S REPORT

Resolution No. 2-4-2010:
“That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Rush, Matthews, Karpiak and Weaver. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

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