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August 17, 2011 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 was Mayor Matthews, Council members Geyer, Karpiak, and Weaver. Also attending this meeting was City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Witt. Councilman Ritch was absent.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance. Prayer was given by Reverend Matt Goldsberry

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Linda Shearer, CAHS Patriots, Discussed 9-11 t-shirts and a bus trip to Shanksville

Johanna Harden, business owner, questioned last months proposed Real Estate Tax Abatement Ordinance.

Councilman Geyer stated the LERTA Ordinance introduced last month has been taken off the table. He further noted the City came up short with “case law” in that ordinance. “We only have a few options in tax forgiveness and LERTA is one of those options. That is what we are going to read tonight. LERTA is tax forgiveness on “improved property”. Geyer gave the example that if a person owns a piece of property with an assessed valued of $100,000 and improves it to an assessed value of $200,000, with LERTA they would only pay on the $100,000 assessed value for a number of years.

“Council will ask the other taxing bodies to adopt the LERTA also.” Geyer stated this new ordinance is to help improve buildings and entice development.

Lucille King signed in to discuss the LERTA ordinance, but stated her questions were answered

Clayton Gregg signed in but was here to see audit proposals only

Emma Strong, Announced upcoming events in the City such as the Farmer’s Market and Homemade brew at the Elks on October 16th

Ethan Keedy, Announced 2nd annual Trek our Town on October 1st at a cost of $20 Adults and $10 for children and students

Julie Michaels, Requesting permission to hold a Corn hole Tournament at Yough Park to help raise money for her daughter’s severe epilepsy case. She noted more can be learned about her daughter on Youtube’s “Hope for Sydney.”

Matthews stated that when Mrs. Michaels gets a date, let the City Clerk know and Council will give it to her for free and help with what they can with fundraisers.

Tom Karpiak offered his help and services with the tournament. He noted Vern Ohler would also be happy to help.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Vicki McWilliams, 4th Annual Falcon Fitness 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, November 5, 2011

Resolution No. 8-1-2011: “To close certain City streets for 5 to 10 minute periods from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 5, 2011; further authorizing police and fire personnel to assist in traffic control.”

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

Thomas McFadden, Veteran’s Commission Annual Patriots Day Program, September 10th at 10 AM

Resolution No. 8-2-2011: “To grant permission to the Veteran’s Commission to use the Plaza and PA System on September 10th at 10 AM; further ordering the street and alley access be blocked off during the program.”

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

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 8-3-2011: “To accept the minutes from the July 20, 2011 City Council Meeting.”

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

Resolution No. 8-4-2011: “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 Weaver, Karpiak, Geyer, and Mayor Matthews. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report

Matthews stated that if there are abandoned vehicles in your neighborhood, call the police. The police are taking a stance against this and try to clean some of these things up. We are also trying to get the abandon landlords with heavy fines.

Resolution No. 8-5-2011: “To open bids received for the sale of the Police Department Motorcycle, a 2000 BMW R1100RTP.”

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

Kevin Ward, $1,500 bid with $150 bid bond enclosed

Sulli Motors, $1,827.00 bid with $220 bid bond enclosed

Resolution No. 8-6-2011: “To accept the bid of Sully Motors in the amount of $1,827.00 for the Police Department Motorcycle, a 2000 BMW R1100RTP.”

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

Resolution No. 8-7-2011: “To hire Brian Kendi as Patrolman effective September 1, 2011.”

Matthews noted that Kendi is filling an opening that has been open for awhile. The Police Contract states how many officers the City must have.

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

Resolution No. 8-8-2011: “To promote Kenneth Jaynes as Detective Lieutenant effective September 1, 2011.”

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

GEYER:

Resolution No. 8-9-2011: “To pay all bills/expenditures for goods/services in excess of $500 as submitted: R&J Network, down payment on telephone system, $6,125.00“

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

Resolution No. 8-10-2011: “To authorize the advertisement of BILL No. 1, ORDINANCE NO. 1482, Reauthorizing Tax Exemptions from property tax for certain deteriorated industrial, commercial, or other business property; defining eligible deteriorated areas; setting a maximum exemption amount and an exemption schedule; and providing a procedure for securing an exemption.”

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

Resolution No. 8-11-2011: “To open bids received for conducting the annual audit for the City of Connellsville for fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013.”

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

Zelensofske Axelrod LLC, $23,175

DeBlasio & DeBlasio, $26,250 plus out of pocket costs

McClure & Wolf, $30,900

Resolution No. 8-12-2011: “To table the bid of all in the amount of __ for conducting the annual audit for the City of Connellsville for fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013.”

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

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

WEAVER:

Fire Department Report

Health/Code Department Report

New Haven Hose Report

Weaver announced the Wesley Health Center is having Free Flu Shots on August 27th, September 17th and October 8th.

RITCH: Absent

CITY TREASURER REPORT:

Resolution No. 8-13-2011: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on September 21, 2011 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

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

Resolution No. 8-14-2011: “That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.”

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

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