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July 18, 2012 City Council Minutes

July 18, 2012 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 Karpiak, Weaver, Geyer and Ritch. Also attending this meeting was City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Witt.

Invocation was given by Pastor Brian Higbee of City Church

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Melissa Tzan presented the Recreation Board Report and discussed sports camps, the triathlon, movie night, Facebook Page, and the meeting notice.

Joe Crumbly - Trail and community cleanup on August 16th which is 2 days before the Triathlon

Sheryl Craven – Littering and weed clean up

Johanna Harden - Vacant buildings and properties, property registration

Judy Keller - Next Thursday at 7 will be "clean sweep" and are requesting volunteers

Karpiak thanked the volunteers and noted with the City’s economics, the volunteers are needed.

Keller questioned Mr. Karpiak’s resolution on City funding and requested an explanation.

Karpiak answered it boils down to unfunded mandates on the City. “I have to send two men, a total of eight hours a month at whatever their salary is plus their benefits to ride around and empty garbage cans. I also have to buy garbage bags and that cost adds up. The cans also fill with water when it rains and that weighs the cans down and creates a safety hazard for my men. We then must poke holes in the bags to release the water and then we have garbage juice on the sidewalks. If we would have been approached before the cans were bought, we could have given advise from our experience and not have these problems.”

Keller further questioned Karpiaks resolution which states “or a board” and noted that the Redevelopment Authority is a board.

Solicitor Witt stated “The Redevelopment Authority is actually separate and not a part of the City. Boards of the City are City employees and use City funds. The Redevelopment Authority has its own employees. It is recognized and a distinct entity by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It also has its own funds.”

Keller further questioned Karpiak’s resolution asking if this means that all grants applied for by the Redevelopment Authority must be approved by Council.

Weaver answered that all grants must be approved by the City anyway. “Say the Cultural Trust gets a grant for the City because the City is unable to obtain it, they will have to take to Council what their plans are with that money so that we can be sure it will not cost the City additional funds. If it deals with City property, then we want to review it.” Keller replied that the sidewalks are not City property.

Geyer answered that the change from a light pole to garbage cans on the sidewalks was made by the Redevelopment Authority and now adversely affects our City budget. “This Council never had an opinion rendered on that expense. This board is now held to that expense that we were never able to give an opinion on.”

CORRESPONDENCE:

Susan McCarthy, Mum Festival on September 8, 2012

Resolution No. 7-1-2012: “To close Crawford Avenue between Arch and Pittsburgh Street on September 8, 2012 from 7 AM until 7 PM for the annual Autumn Mum Festival; pending review and approval of Police Chief and Penn DOT.”

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

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 7-2-2012: “To accept the minutes from the June 20, 2012 City Council Meeting.”

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

Resolution No. 7-3-2012: “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 Karpiak, Geyer, Ritch, Weaver and Mayor Matthews. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report

Reminders:

July 22nd beginning at 1 PM, West Side Hill Italian Bash August 10th and 11th, IC Church Festival August 11th from 4 PM – 9 PM, Savor the Avenue (West Crawford) August 18th, Triathlon July 26th is movie night at East Park

Matthews thanked Melissa Tzan and the Recreation Board for what they are doing.

Resolution No. 7-4-2012: “To introduce Bill No. 3, Ordinance No. 1492; AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, THE ZONING ORDINANCE.”

Matthews stated that one part of the ordinance must be passed by August 12th. Tom Currey and Geno Gallo were thanked for their time and work on this ordinance.

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

Resolution No. 7-5-2012: “To authorize a lease payment in the amount of $740.73 to Fike Chevrolet for the Auto Theft Task Force Vehicle Lease; check to be dated after August 1, 2012; money to be reimbursed by the State Auto Theft Task force in Harrisburg, PA.; further authorizing Police Chief James Capitos to execute all related lease and reimbursement documents.”

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

Resolution No. 7-6-2012: “To approve and enter into 1) the Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement with FirstEnergy Corporation, West Penn Power Company, and Allegheny Energy Supply Company, LLC, incorporated herein by reference, and 2) the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Agreement with Allegheny Energy Supply Company, LLC, incorporated herein by reference, both conditioned upon approval and execution by all parties, except the City, of both agreements.”

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

Resolution No.7-7- 2012: “That the Fayette County 2012 Hazard Mitigation Plan is hereby adopted as the official Hazard Mitigation Plan of the City of Connellsville.”

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

Resolution No. 7-8-2012: “To approve the recommendations of the Connellsville Traffic Committee: 1) No Parking in the block of W. Patterson Avenue 2) Watch Children sign in Stahl’s Square and Morton Avenue 3) No Trucks except Local Delivery sign on N. Arch Street 4) Paint yellow curb on W. Peach Street, a portion between Meadow Lane and Arch Street.”

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

Resolution No. 7-9-2012: “To terminate the current month-to-month lease for the Community Center property, located at 201 East Fairview Avenue, with the Greater Connellsville Area Community Center, Inc., as of September 1, 2012 or sooner, if the property is tendered by the Greater Connellsville Community Center, Inc., and to authorize and direct the City Clerk to prepare and send all related notices and correspondence.”

Matthews noted that he and Councilman Ritch have been working with the Community Center the past 15 months and this is the last thing Council wanted to do.

Geyer added there are spaces available for rent in the Community Center and its handicap accessible.

Weaver stated on July 26th at 6 PM will be a meeting discussing promoting the theater at the Community Center.

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

GEYER:

Resolution No. 7-10-2012: “To pay all bills/expenditures for good/services in excess of $500 as submitted; Great Eastern Lighting, $2,912.70, replacement of lights in the Fire Station and City Garage; Ed Vincent Auto Body, $2,512.73, repair of police vehicle as per final estimate.”

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

Resolution No. 7-11-2012: “To pay Mockenhaupt Benefits Group $850.00 for consulting, actuarial and administrative services through June 30, 2012 including the GASB Report for the Firemen’s Pension Fund.”

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

Resolution No. 7-12-2012: “To pay Mockenhaupt Benefits Group $850.00 for consulting, actuarial and administrative services through June 30, 2012 including the GASB Report for the Police Pension Fund.”

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

PA League of Cities sent the City’s U-COMP dividend for the year 2011 in amount of $825

Matthews noted the City’s pension is 75% funded and that is pretty good compared to other Cities.

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

Karpiak thanked the Recreation Board for all of their work.

Resolution No. 7-13-2012: “To require that applications or requests (except for any application or request from a department or board of the City) for any grant, award, aid, support, or program, the approval or receipt of which may affect City-owned property or create an obligation or expense of the City, both 1) be approved by City Council and 2) include a means of offsetting or funding such obligation or expense, unless such requirement is waived by City Council.”

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

WEAVER:

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

July 24th from 7 PM - 9 PM will be a class on purchasing vacant buildings and setting up finances.

RITCH:

Resolution No. 7-14-2012: “To accept the resignation of Patty Firestone from the Connellsville Recreation Board effective immediately.”

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

Ritch thanked Firestone for serving on the Recreation Board. He then thanked the Recreation Board for all they have been doing for the City.

Next he discussed the Community Center, getting tenants in there and coming up with a workable plan. Ritch thanked the members of the Community Center Board for their years of service.

CITY TREASURER KELLER’S REPORT:

Keller questioned where the City Controllers Report has been. She stated the importance of having it brought to Council on a regular basis. Keller added the Controller has been here over a year and there has not been one report.

Weaver stated she would like to see his report noting it is remiss that Council has not seen one. She further stated Third Class City Code states, she believes, that they are to be turned in to City Council quarterly.

Karpiak stated he joins the course of action in obtaining the Controller’s Report. He further added that Council should have had the Controller’s Report previously.

Ritch stated that we are going to make it happen (obtaining Controller’s Report).

Resolution No. 7-15-2012: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on August 15, 2012 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

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

Resolution No. 7-16-2012: “To schedule a Special Meeting of City Council on August 8, 2012 at 5 PM in City Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 110 North Arch Street, Connellsville; the purpose of this meeting is to adopt Ordinance #1492 (Zoning Ordinance) of the City of Connellsville.”

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

Resolution No. 7-17-2012: “That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.”

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

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