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September 21, 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 were Mayor Matthews, Council members Geyer, Karpiak, Ritch and Weaver. Also attending this meeting was City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Witt.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Ethan Keedy, Announced 2nd annual Trek our Town on October 1st

Emma Strong, Announced upcoming events in the City and discussed the bike racks

CORRESPONDENCE:

Susan McCarthy, 2nd Annual Mum Festival on October 1, 2011

Resolution No. 9-1-11: “To close Crawford Avenue between Arch and Pittsburgh Streets between 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM on Saturday, October 1, 2011, pending review of Police Chief and Penn DOT.”

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. 9-2-11: “To accept the minutes from the August 17, 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. 9-3-11: “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

Matthews noted the Downtown Advisory Committee had a mixer. There were several groups there and the City appreciates them for what they do and the events they sponsor. He noted the Library should be appreciated more and we’d miss it if they were not there. The Friends of the Library Group has done a lot. “They are out trying to save the library”. Matthews further discussed the library.

Matthews then stated the Community Center is owned by the City. “They have their own non-profit corporation that operates out of it and they appoint their own boards, so we don’t have a lot of control over it.” He noted there has been a heating problem there for years and the City put CDBG Monies into it to put heat on the 3rd floor there. “We now have CDBG Money earmarked right now for the 2nd and 3rd floor heating units.” Matthews stated Community Ministries is moving out of that building and that will be a big blow to that building because they rent out a few rooms. He further noted he and Councilman Ritch have been going up to that building and seeing what needs to be done to get it ready for the Redevelopment Authority to put out bids for heat. Matthews stated he has put the word out to different organizations we are seeking tenants for the Community Center. “We are making this building a priority at this point. We want the Board up there to be more active and if they don’t then we, as a City, will take over that building.” Matthews announced that “We are committed to keeping that building open and getting heat into it before it gets cold.” He further noted there is $70,000 set aside for heat in that building. “The City will do what it has to do to make that a viable building.”

Resolution No. 9-4-11: “To accept the resignation of Wallace Cable from the Senior Citizens Board of Directors effective immediately.”

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. 9-5-11: “To accept the resignation of Robin Gales from the Connellsville Housing Authority effective immediately.”

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. 9-6-11: “To appoint Harold Hartz to the Connellsville Housing Authority, term to end the first Monday in 2013.”

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. 9-7-11: “To remove Jeffrey Wallace from the Connellsville Housing Authority effective immediately.”

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. 9-8-11: “To appoint Charles Mills to the Connellsville Housing Authority, term to end the first Monday in 2014.”

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. 9-9-11: “To accept the resignation of Nicka Dunn from the Connellsville Planning Commission effective immediately.”

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. 9-10-11: “To appoint James Stefano to the Planning Commission, term to end the first Monday in 2012.”

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. 9-11-11: “Be it Resolved by the City Council of the City of Connellsville as follows:

WHEREAS, under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is authorized to extend financial assistance to Communities for activities which will benefit low and moderate income families, aid in the elimination or prevention of slums or urban blight or other urgent community needs; and

WHEREAS, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has invited the City to submit an application in the amount of $ 316,848.00 for financial assistance under its Fiscal Year 2011 Community Development Block Grant Program; and

WHEREAS, the City has met all the citizens participation requirements relative to the Community Development Block Grant Program submission; and

WHEREAS, the City has prepared a Three Year Plan and Statement of Objectives as required by DCED; and

WHEREAS, the City has prepared an application for Financial Assistance under the 2011 Community Development Block Grant Program, said application having been duly reviewed and considered by the Council of the City of Connellsville.

1. That the Community Development Block Grant Program Application dated September 2011 is hereby in all respects approved. The City Clerk is hereby directed to file a copy of said program and application with the minutes of this meeting.

2. That it is cognizant of the conditions that are imposed in the undertaking and carrying out of community development activities with Federal/State financial assistance under Title I, including those under Title VI relating to the prohibition of discrimination because of race, color, creed, or national origin and other implementation of the program.

3. That the Mayor, on behalf of Council, is authorized to file an Application for Financial Assistance to carry out the Community Development Block Grant Program and act as the authorized representative for the City.

4. That the Mayor, on behalf of the City Council is hereby authorized to provide such assurance and/or certification as may be required by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and any supplemental or revised data which DCED may request in connection with its review of the application and including any revisions necessary to bring the application into conformity with DCED’s final grant for the City.”

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. 9-12-11: “To purchase a Chevrolet Impala Police Vehicle under the State Fleet Plan at a cost of $21,875.00 from Fike Chevrolet, to be paid for from the Tobacco Grant and Capital Outlay.”

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. 9-13-11: “To close certain City streets for the New Haven Hose Halloween Parade on Tuesday, October 25th at 7 PM, beginning at Green Street by Presbyterian Church and South Side Grocer from Green Street down South Pittsburgh Street to Brimstone Corner, left through town and over bridge to Seventh Street, left to New Haven Hose Company.”

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. 9-14-11: “To set Trick or Treat in the City for Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 4 PM to 6 PM.”

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.

GEYER:

Resolution No. 9-15-11: “To pay all bills/expenditures for goods/services in excess of $500 as submitted: Krumanacker Electric, $2,140.61, Police Traffic Control.”

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. 9-16-11: “To pay Mockenhaupt, $950.00 for consulting, actuarial and administrative services through August 31, 2011 for the Firemen’s Pension Plan.”

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. 9-17-11: “To pay Mockenhaupt, $950.00 for consulting, actuarial and administrative services through August 31, 2011 for the Police Pension Plan.”

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.

Geyer stated next on the agenda is to accept a bid for the audit but council will not be doing that tonight until more information is given to them by the solicitor.

Resolution No. 9-18-11: “To adopt 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 Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 9-19-11: “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE RELATIVE TO THE PROCUREMENT OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOR THE MUNICIPAL PENSION SYSTEM(S) SPONSORED BY THE CITY BASED ON THE REQUIREMENTS OF ACT 44 OF 2009.

WHEREAS, the City of Connellsville (the “City”) has previously enacted a Resolution or Ordinance establishing the City of Connellsville Firefighters’ Pension Plan and City of Connellsville Police Pension Plan (the “system”); and

WHEREAS, the legislature enacted Act 44 on September 18, 2009; and

WHEREAS, the City is required by Act 44 of 2009 to establish procedures for the procurement of professional services for the municipal pension system; and

WHEREAS, the City desires to establish the following procedures for Act 44 of 2009 compliance;

BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Connellsville and it is HEREBY RESOLVED AND ENACTED by authority of the same:

The City procedures for procuring professional services for the municipal pension system may include the following:

a. Assemble a committee to oversee the request for proposal process.

b. Adopt a policy relating to potential conflicts of interest in the review of a proposal or negotiation of a contract.

c. Develop a timeline for posting advertisement, submission period, deadline, interviews, decision, and notifications.

d. Draft an application form, advertisement, and disclosure form.

e. Advertise the availability of a contract including application and required disclosure forms on the municipal website.

f. Collect and review proposals to select the most qualified person, taking into account the person’s qualifications, experience, expertise and the fees to be charged.

g. Interview candidates as part of the selection process.

h. Complete a disclosure form regarding municipal pension system officers and employees to identify any potential conflict of interest with respect to applications that were submitted.

i. Make all applications and disclosure forms public (except for proprietary information and information protected by law) and subject to the Right to Know Act after the award of the contract.

j. Summarize the relevant factors that resulted in the award of the contract in a written statement to be included in or attached to the documents awarding the contract.

k. Within 10 days of awarding the contract, transmit the original application form, a summary of the basis for the award, and required disclosure form to all unsuccessful applicants and post on the municipal pension system’s website at least seven days prior to execution of the contract.

l. If amending the contract to increase the cost by more than the greater of 10% or $10,000, post the increase and a written justification for the increase on the municipal pension system’s web site at least seven days prior to the effective date of the amendment.

m. Maintain updated annual required disclosures for current contract holders.

n. Amend the procedures as may be required by the Auditor General.”

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. 9-20-11: “A Resolution of the City of Connellsville to institute a policy relating to potential conflicts of interest in the review of a proposal or the negotiation of a contract for professional services for the City of Connellsville pension system, as required for compliance with Act 44 of 2009.”

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. 9-21-11: “To pay $259.66 for property taxes concerning 125 West South Street. Funds to be taken from Public Works Capital Outlay 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.

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

Karpiak announced this is the time of year the City will remind you from time to time to rake your leaves to the front of the yard and we will come by and vacuum them up for you.

Karpiak then announced there is a benefit for Sydney Michaels on October 1st at Yough Park, being a Corn hole Tournament. Registration will begin at noon and the tournament at 1 PM. There will also be a DJ, food and entertainment. The cost is $40 with prizes being given away. He asked people to keep in mind that this event is to help this little girl get well.

Karpiak notified everyone that the park going in across from the Lions is not a City park and we will not being taking care of it. This park is owned by Fayette County Cultural Trust.

Next Karpiak reminded residents that winter is almost here and car that are not running and parked on the streets must be removed. He added there is Specialty Metals on 119 that will take the cars off the owner’s hands and possibly pay to receive the car.

WEAVER:

Fire Department Report

Health/Code Department Report

New Haven Hose Report

Weaver announced that Fall Clean-up is October 1, 2011.

Resolution No. 9-22-11: “To open bid(s) received for the City of Connellsville’s 3 Year Garbage Service Contract with an option of 4 years, beginning November 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.

Waste Management was opened first. Allied Waste Services was the second bid opened. The third bid opened was Interstate Waste Services. Fourth and final bid opened was Veolia.

Resolution No. 9-23-11: “To table the bid(s) of ___ALL____ for the City of Connellsville’s 3 Year Garbage Service Contract with an option of 4 years, beginning November 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.

RITCH:

Ritch announced that public safety is the City’s #1 priority. He then informed the public that the City is upgrading East Park including the castle. One of the concerns of the public is the tunnel and the handrails. “I want the public to know that we are aware of this and it’s important to us to get this fixed. Hopefully there will be money left from our renovation project on the castle, then we will use the money left to restore the tunnel and handrails.” He also announced the concession stand at East Park has been renovated. He further noted that Austin Field has been upgraded and Yough Park is being upgraded.

Ritch then stated that he, Mayor Matthews and all members of Council intend to ensure the Connellsville Community Center is prosperous. He further stated that the City is absolutely committed to putting a heating system in that building. Ritch added that Council is looking into restoring the swimming pool at the center.

Ritch then reminded the public that the City has the Armory on the south side and they would like to sell it. He noted that council is mindful of the fact it’s in a residential neighborhood and they will respect that when deciding whether to sell to a prospective buyer.

Ritch announced the Flag in the hallway outside Council Chambers has been donated by a former Vietnam Veteran, retired Marine and FEMA Personnel, Mr. Bob Miller. He added that Council will invite Mr. Miller in and have an official dedication of this Flag. The casing it’s in was constructed by Mr. Matthews and his students at the Vo-Tech and our Maintenance Supervisor, Vern Ohler, took care of the rest. “I’d like to personally thank everyone for their part in this.”

“September 11th, Mayor Matthews and I attended a Remembrance at Calvary Church and first responders were there. It was an honor to be there.”

CITY TREASURER REPORT:

Resolution No. 9-24-11: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on October 19, 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. 9-25-11: “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, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

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