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October 19, 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 led by Pastor Don Smith.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

David Haas discussed his Sign Ordinance appeal.

Matthews stated the he would like to review the Sign Ordinance and get back to him.

Lucy King discussed the No Loitering Ordinance.

Matthews stated that he will have Solicitor Witt look into the Loitering Ordinance and get back to her.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Barry Noel, Resignation from Zoning Board

Resolution No. 10-1-2011: “To accept the resignation of Barry Noel from the Zoning Board 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.

Veterans Commission, Veterans Day Parade/Program November 11th at 10:45 AM

Resolution No. 10-2-2011: “To authorize the closing of certain streets for the Veterans Day Parade being held on November 11, 2011, pending review and approval of the Police Chief and Penn DOT and authorizing the Police Department to assist with traffic control; further authorizing the Veterans Commission to use the City podium and chairs.”

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.

Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #21, Poppy Campaign November 4th and 5th

Resolution No. 10-3-2011: “To grant permission to the Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #21 to hold their annual Buddy Poppy Campaign on Friday and Saturday, November 4 and 5, 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.

*Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Christmas in Yough Park on November 19th from noon until 4 PM

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 10-4-2011: “To accept the minutes from the September 21, 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. 10-5-11: “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

Reminders:

New Haven Hose’s Halloween Parade, October 25th at 7 PM

Trick or Treat, October 30th from 4 PM till 6 PM

Conn-Area Catholic is holding a “Forever in Plaid” at the Community Center on November 12th

Matthews explained that Conn Area is concerned that all the bad publicity the Community Center is getting over the heating system that it will hurt their ticket sales. He noted that the Porter Theater in the Community Center has their own heating system and there will be heat as long as they turn it on. He further noted there is heat in the building.

Matthews announced the Patriots are selling ribbons for 93 cents to help pay for finishing the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville. He added the Patriots are also doing the Wreaths Across America, again, and the wreaths cost $15.00.

Resolution No. 10-6-11: “To close certain City streets on Saturday, November 19th at 7 PM for the annual New Haven Hose Christmas Parade, pending review from Police Chief and Penn DOT, further authorizing the Police Department to assist in 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. 10-7-11: “To promote Ryan Reese to Sergeant effective 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.

Resolution No. 10-8-11: “To promote William Huss to Corporal effective 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.

Resolution No. 10-9-11: “To modify/revise the following CDBG Programs as follows and to direct the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority to file the appropriate paperwork with DCED:

1. To modify the City’s FFY 2007 CDBG to eliminate the Armory line item activity and to re-allocate the funding to existing line item Community Center Activity.

2. To modify the City’s FFY 2008 CDBG to eliminate the Armory line item activity and to re-allocate the funding to existing line item Senior Citizen Center Activity.

3. To modify the City’s FFY 2009 CDBG to eliminate the Sidewalk line item activity and to allocate the funding to new line item Community Center Activity.

4. To modify the City’s FFY 2010 CDBG to eliminate the Sidewalk Activity line item activity and to re-allocate the funding to existing line item Community Center. These modifications are being conducted to allow sufficient funding to install new heating system for the Community Center and to install new safety doors at the Connellsville Senior Citizen Center. “

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 explained the following resolution as a building ready to collapse and Council has been held up with it due to Tax Sale Regulations. He added that the new owners are questioning whether they will file the deed to this property.

Resolution No. 10-10-11: “To accept the Declaration of Emergency and Order of Demolition as declared on October 3, 2011. To accept the proposal by Ritenour and Sons in the amount of $68,200.00 for the Emergency Demolition of 106 West Crawford Avenue, Connellsville. Further directing the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority to proceed with the immediate demolition utilizing previously approved CDBG Demolition 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.

GEYER:

Resolution No. 10-11-11: “To pay all bills/expenditures for goods/services in excess of $500 as submitted: Widmer Engineering, Inc., $977.50, Coordination, preparation, review and submission of annual report required by PA DEP of Stormwater Management 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. 10-12-11: “To accept the bid of Zelenkofske and Axelrod, LLC 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 Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 10-13-11: “To schedule Budget Meetings on the following date(s): November 2, 9 & 14, 2011 at 6:00 PM.”

Geyer noted these dates would allow Council to adopt the budget at the December 21st 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. 10-14-11: “To authorize the payment of $43,567.91 to the New Haven Hose Volunteer Fire 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.

Resolution No. 10-15-11: “To pay $274,225.10 into the Police and Fire Fighters Pension Plans in order to satisfy the 2011 Minimum Municipal Obligations (MMO). The amount includes the $274,225.10 General Municipal Pension System State Aid as received from the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s Office. $229,277.00 to be deposited in the Police Pension Plan and $44,948.10 to be deposited in the Fire Fighters Pension Plan.”

Geyer stated the Auditor General’s Office had an increase in MMO’s monies and City’s benefited from it. He further noted that the City was able to pay more than needed and didn’t have to take money from the General Fund this year. Geyer stated the Auditor General’s Office said to budget the City’s portion next year because the money should be substantially less and in the amount it was in the past.

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. 10-16-11: “To authorize payment of the Tax Anticipation Loan Agreement to PNC Bank.”

Geyer stated this will probably be paid in December as he sees the cash flow by then.

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. 10-17-11: “To authorize the City Clerk to request quotes from financial institutions for a Tax Anticipation Note for the year 2012, the amount to be determined when the 2012 budget is balanced.”

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. 10-18-11: “Authorize the City Clerk to advertise for bids for the City’s Liability and Workmen’s Compensation Insurance; insurance beginning January 1, 2012 until December 31, 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. 10-19-11: “To pay Mockenhaupt $844.00 for consulting, actuarial and administrative services for the Police and Firemen’s Pension Plans through September 30, 2011.”

Geyer stated the Council needs to look into moving their Police and Fire Pension Funds due to Mockenhaupt’s high bills.

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

Leaf pick-up for 2011

Karpiak added the Vacuum Truck will begin on November 1st through December 16th.

Karpiak noted they post the schedule on Connellsville.org site, have the schedule in City Hall or you can call City Hall to see what ward you are in and when you can expect the truck.

Resolution No. 10-20-11: “To transfer the $12,952.04 Penn DOT Winter Maintenance Agreement to Line Item #01430-250, Road and Alley Materials for salt and anti-skid.”

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.

WEAVER:

Fire Department Report

Health/Code Department Report

New Haven Hose Report

Resolution No. 10-21-11: “To accept the bid of Veolia for the City of Connellsville’s 3 Year Garbage Service Contract with recycling to be picked up one time(s) a month and with an option of a Fourth Year, beginning November 1, 2011.”

Weaver added the City will be looking for a way to do paper recycling.

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.

Weaver announced her next resolution on the agenda is on hold until the City’s Attorney does research on it.

NOT READ:

Resolution: “To allow a sign to be erected on South Eighth Street, Parcel ID #05-07-0005, by Mr. David Haas, and to waive the requirements of Ordinance #1449, The Sign Ordinance, Article 7, Section 701-D. No other sections of the Sign Ordinance shall be waived.”

RITCH:

Parks/Public Property Report

Resolution No. 10-22-11: “To authorize a Lease Agreement between the City Connellsville and the Yough River Trail Council (YRTC) for the purpose of providing a Welcome Center, operated by the Student Conservation Association (SCA) Trail Town Outreach Corps, servicing the community and the Great Allegheny Passage trail users with information on local businesses and amenities.”

Ritch stated the City leased it to the Trail Town for two years and the City leased it for $1.00. He added that the Trail Town will oversee the Welcome Center.

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 the City has $10,000.00 endowment from CSX and they will be upgrading some parks.

Resolution No. 10-23-11: “To permit Russell Taylor to serve his internship for Parks and Recreation beginning January 9, 2012 through March 30, 2012 at no cost to 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.

Resolution No. 10-24-11: “To participate in the Act 129 Grant Program.”

Ritch stated this is for energy efficient lighting in some of the City Buildings.

Matthews said the State required West Penn to cut their output by 2%. He added this is to be a grant, but if we look at our bills, we will see that we and commercial businesses are paying for it. He explained the bill reads “EEC Surcharge” and that is to change your old light bulbs into the new energy saving ones. “The guy we met with works for the company that will come in and change our lights to the new ones.” Matthew explained. He noted that company will bill West Penn, who in turn will pay the City the cost of what it was to do that program and the City then pays that company. Matthews further explained there are technicalities that at times not everything may be covered. He noted that before the work starts we will have all the figures before us and decide what will be done. Matthews said the resolution needs to go through tonight so the City can file for a Project Number before November 1st when the rates will increase on the 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.

Ritch stated the City is committed to keeping the Connellsville Community Center open and viable.

CITY TREASURER REPORT:

Matthews congratulated Connellsville’s Falcon Football Team and their coaching staff for making the playoffs noting it has been their first time since 2005.

Resolution No. 10-25-11: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on November 16, 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. 10-26-11: “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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