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April 20, 2011 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 was Mayor Matthews, Council members Geyer, Karpiak, Weaver and Ritch. Also attending this meeting was City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Mitchell.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance. Prayer was given by Pastor Jim Turnbull.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Aaron Zolbrad, Business owner concerned with building issues surrounding his business Nathan Dandrea, Fence project Erin Hammerstedt, Trail Town Preservation Plan Emma Strong, Trail Town Events/Earth Day Ted Koval, Yough River Trail Race and Cash Banquet at Bell’s Steak House

CORRESPONDENCE:

Karen Kapel, National Letter Carrier Food Drive Day

Proclamation – May 14, 2011 as “National Letter Carrier Food Drive Day”

Conn Area Catholic School’s annual Marathon

Resolution No. 4-1-2011: “To grant permission to Conn Area Catholic School to hold their annual Marathon on May 13, 2011 from 9:45 AM until 2 PM; further directing the following streets to be closed during this event: East Apple Street from Cottage Avenue to North Prospect Street, North Prospect Street from Apple Street to Orchard Alley, Orchard Alley from North Prospect Street to Cottage Avenue, pending review of Police Chief.”

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

Resignation letter from Jean M. Wrote, City Controller

Resignation letter from Mary McCarthy, Deputy City Controller

Matthews asked the media to please place something in the papers that these resignations will take place effective May 18th and if anyone is interested to contact the City Clerk or Council.

Resolution No. 4-2-2011: “To accept the resignations of Jean M. Wrote and Mary McCarthy effective May 18, 2011.”

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

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 4-3-2011: “To accept the minutes from the March 16, 2011 City Council Meeting.”

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

Resolution No. 4-4-2011: “To waive the 4-day Resolution Rule to allow for items submitted after the 4-day rule to be read at the meeting tonight, such Resolutions will be marked with an asterisk.”

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

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report

Proclamation – Police week – May 15th – 21st

Resolution No. 4-5-2011: “To direct the Redevelopment Authority to revise the City of Connellsville’s FFY 2008 CDBG Program to include demolition of 126-130 South Pittsburgh Street property under the already approved Clearance activity line item.”

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

Resolution No. 4-6-2011: “To ratify the contract with Ritenour and Sons to demolish the structure located at 126-130 South Pittsburgh Street, entered into during the State of Emergency declared March 28, 2011.”

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

Resolution No. 4-7-2011: “To approve payment in the total amount of $50,000.00 to Ritenour & Sons for demolition work completed at 126-130 South Pittsburgh Street and to direct the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority to proceed with payment from the FFY 2008 CDBG Program.”

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

Resolution No. 4-8-2011: “To approve change orders in the total amount of $1,500.00 to Ritenour & Sons Contract to demolish structure located at 126-130 South Pittsburgh Street.”

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

Resolution No. 4-9-2011: “To approve final payment in the total amount of $7,500.00 to Ritenour and Sons for completion of the demolition of structure located at 126-130 South Pittsburgh Street and to direct the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority to proceed with payment from the FFY2008 CDBG Program.”

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

Resolution No. 4-10-2011: “To allow Nathan J. Dandrea to erect a pedestrian fence along Route 119 for his Eagle Scout Project.”

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

Resolution No. 4-11-2011: “To accept the resignation of Joseph B. Fichter from the Police Department effective April 17, 2011.”

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

Resolution No. 4-12-2011: “To hire Andrew Hominiski as Patrolman effective May 1, 2011. This position is to be funded by the COPS Grant.”

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

Resolution No. 4-13-2011: “To promote Lt. Steve Shaffer to Captain effective May 1, 2011.”

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

Resolution No. 4-14-2011: “To appoint Lucille King to the Connellsville Board of Health, term to expire April 1, 2016.”

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

Appointment of Dave Waggett to the Zoning Board, term to expire the first Monday in January 2016

Mayor Matthews thanked everyone including New Haven and all the guys that helped when the wind and storms hit last Saturday.

GEYER:

Geyer announced CAHS Patriots Annual Auction, Thursday, May 5th at 6 PM at the Elks

Geyer then thanked Controller Wrote and Deputy McCarthy for their work and dedication to the City.

Resolution No. 4-15-2011: “To sign a contract with New Haven Hose Company Volunteer Fire Department for two 50 star large American Flags, mounted on a pole and displayed in front of City Hall and in front of the Police Department on ten holidays. Total cost for the contract will be $80.00.”

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

Resolution No. 4-16-2011: “To transfer $13,920 from Line item #411-120, Fire Chief, to Line item #01430-145, Seasonal Employees.”

Geyer explained this transfer will cover the cost of four recreational employees for the summer.

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

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

Resolution No. 4-17-2011: “To explore the City's acquisition of property located at 125 W South Street by authorizing the Solicitor Mitchell to research title on said property.”

Mayor Matthews noted that he is not interested in putting the City in the Real Estate Business, but this property is adjacent to the City’s Garage. We are crammed for space right now and this property is beneficial to the Street Department.

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

Karpiak announced that July 2nd at 9 AM is the Triathlon.

WEAVER:

Fire Department Report Health/Code Department Report New Haven Hose Report

Resolution No. 4-18-2011: “To adopt Ordinance #1477, amending Articles II, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI, and XII of Ordinance No.1449, March 13, 2006, commonly referred to as The City of Connellsville's "Sign Ordinance."

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

Mayor Matthews explained that this Ordinance doesn’t really apply to a Business Sign advertising the business that is right there, it’s aimed toward billboards and such that advertise businesses that are typically “down the road.”

Resolution No. 4-19-2011: “To advertise the amendment to Article VI, Section 604 of Ordinance No.1449, March 13, 2006, commonly referred to as The City of Connellsville's "Sign Ordinance."

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

Resolution No. 4-20-2011: “To execute the Board of Health’s order to abate the public nuisance by demolition the following property: 403 East Francis Avenue, Connellsville, PA 15425, and to submit the aforementioned property to the Redevelopment Authority for demolition, funds taken from Neighborhood Stabilization Program Funds.”

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

Resolution No. 4-21-2011: “To execute the Board of Health’s order to abate the public nuisance by demolition the following property: 1318 South Arch Street, Connellsville, PA 15425, and to submit the aforementioned property to the Redevelopment Authority for demolition, funds taken from Neighborhood Stabilization Program Funds.”

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

Resolution No. 4-22-2011: “To direct the Redevelopment Authority to prepare the Specifications and advertise for bids, the demolition of the structure located at 106 West Crawford Avenue, Connellsville.”

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

RITCH:

Parks/Public Property Report

Resolution No. 4-23-2011: “To refund Pamela Snyder $75 for the use of East Park, pavilion #1 on July 30, 2011.”

Ritch explained that Ms. Snyder sent him a letter stating she booked this park and then found out that her family, living in various locations was not going to have the reunion here and will not be using the park.

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

Resolution No. 4-24-2011: “To hire Russell Taylor and Bill Little as seasonal employees, starting May 15, 2011 and ending August 15, 2011, salary $7.25 an hour to be paid out of line item #01430-145, seasonal employees, maximum 37.5 hours a week.”

Ritch explained, “These guys will be working with the Street Department. We did advertise for seasonal employees for our Parks and Recreation Department, we have the funds to pay for them.”

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

Resolution No. 4-25-2011: “To add Brian Sherwood and Shawn Sherwood to the Public Works on-call list, salary $7.25 an hour to be paid out of line item #01430-145, seasonal employees, maximum 37.5 hours a week.”

Ritch noted these men will also be working with Mr. Ohler from the Street Department. When we need them, it’s like a substitute list in which we can call them.

Matthews explained that the City used a Government Program allowing us to have summer employees and now that program has been cut. Now the City only has two summer employees as opposed to the previous nine or so employees.

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

Resolution No. 4-26-2011: “To open bids received for a new computer system for the City of Connellsville.”

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

Ritch opened the bids as follows:

Creative Computer Concepts - $5,876.00 with attachments total $17,373.00. Ritch stated that the cover sheet stated $5,876.00, but there are other figures attached.

Communications Consultants, $19,523.10.

Resolution No. 4-27-2011: “To open bids received for a new phone system for the City of Connellsville.”

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

Ritch stated there were eight bids received:

Chestnut Ridge, $22,980.80 Communications Consultants, $16,380.40 MEI Systems, $15,995.00 Dagostino Electronic Services, $19,359.55 Miller Information Systems, $14,475.00 Prime Communications, $13,875.00 Advanced Communications Company, $12,188.00 R & J Network, $12,250.00

Ritch explained that since there are two bids for computers and eight bids for phone systems to review each and every bid. We will see if they meet the specifications that we ask for.

Resolution No. 4-28-2011: “To table all bids received for a new phone system and a new computer system for the City of Connellsville.”

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

Matthews stated that at the next City Council Meeting, the bids will be awarded in public.

Ritch noted the East Side Fire Station has been cleaned up, repainted and looks great. He also stated the Community Center was painted by Trail Town Outreach Group, the Auxiliary Police, River Outreach Group and Mary Beth Salantino with donated paint from Sherwin Williams and Busy Beaver. “I want to thank everyone that helped and say job well done.”

Ritch thanked the Police and Fire Departments along with the Auxiliary Police for their dedication and work during the wind and rain storms last Saturday. He noted New Haven Hose is always there for the City and thanked them also.

CITY TREASURER REPORT:

CONTROLLER REPORT:

Matthews stated they found that even though Zoning Board Members were appointed directly in the past, they are to be placed on the board by resolution.

Resolution No. 4-29-2011: “To appoint Dave Waggett to the Zoning Board, term to expire January 2016.”

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

Matthews praised Vern Ohler for all of his help and dedication stating he is the “go to” guy in the City of Connellsville, noting he is the jack of all trades.

Matthews announced names of individuals who have been helping improve the City and stated we need to focus on the good in the City and not the bad. He further thanked Council for being there when needed in the City.

Resolution No. 4-30-2011: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on May 18, 2011 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

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

Resolution No. 4-31-2011: “That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.”

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

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