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April 21, 2010 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, Weaver and Rush. Also attending this meeting were City Clerk Antoinette Tesauro and Solicitor Mitch Mitchell.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance. Rev. Goldsberry led prayer.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Mike Edwards, Redevelopment Authority, discussed the City’s Community Development.

Jeffrey Smith, American Legion Riders, discussed recreational concerns for the youth.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Highland’s Hospital, 5K Run/5K Walk, Thursday, May 27th

St. John’s & Trinity Lutheran Churches, car show, May 29th

New Haven Hose Co. Volunteer Fire Department, Flag Day Project

Fayette County Hard-To-Recycle Drop Off, Fayette Co. Fairgrounds, Saturday, May 1st, 9 AM -2 PM

John Woodruff 5K Run/Walk, Wednesday, July 7th

National Rail Road Day, May 8th, if anyone would like to do anything for this day

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 4-1-2010: “To accept the minutes from the March 17, 2010 City Council Meeting.”

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

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report

Resolution No. 4-2-2010: “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, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Proclamation Michael Jacobyansky, Eagle Scout Honor

Proclamation National Police Officer’s Week, May 9th – 15th, 2010. Mayor Matthews announced the City of Connellsville’s Police Department will honor the National Police Officer’s Week on Friday, May 14th at 10 AM at the City’s Plaza.

Proclamation Fayette Co. Buy Local Month, May 2010

American Legion Flag Disposal Program at Yough Park on June 12, 2010 has changed the time of this event, now to start at 1:00 PM.

Resolution No. 4-3-2010: “To permit Highland’s Hospital to hold the 2010, Francis “BUD” Murphy Memorial Race on Thursday evening, May 27, 2010 and permit necessary street closings, detours and traffic control by the Police and Street Departments.”

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

Resolution No. 4-4-2010: “To permit St. John’s & Trinity Lutheran Churches to host a car show on May 29th, 2010 in conjunction with the Geranium Festival and permit the closure of East Fairview Avenue, South Prospect Street west to South Pittsburgh Street, Carnegie Avenue from South Street to Church Place, two City parking lots on Fairview Avenue, further granting permission for use of Cameron Court for parts vendors to set up tables for their wares.”

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

Resolution No. 4-5-2010: “To hire Brian Connors as a Police Officer effective May 16, 2010 at a salary set by the Connellsville Police Department’s Contract.”

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

Resolution No. 4-6-2010: “To retain Toni Tesauro, City Clerk, Herbert Mitchell, III, City Solicitor and Widmer Engineering, City Engineer, effective the first Monday in May for a four year term. Salaries to be in accordance with the City Budget as set by City Council.”

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

Resolution No. 4-7-2010: “To approve all elected and appointed City Officials to attend the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities Annual Convention in Bethlehem, PA on June 23, 24, and 25, 2010. Money to be taken from PA League of Cities Dues and Memberships line item.”

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

Resolution No. 4-8-2010: “WHEREAS, The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) provides an annual grant to the City; and

WHEREAS, the City has designated the Redevelopment Authority to be it’s agent in preparing applications and administering said grants to assure that the City is in compliance with all laws and regulations governing the program, and

WHEREAS, The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Connellsville has the necessary expertise, ability and experience to assist the City in carrying out and fulfilling the obligations under said grant program; and

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Connellsville has reviewed the proposed Cooperation Agreement.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, that the proper officers of the City are directed to execute said Cooperation Agreement.”

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

Resolution No. 4-9-2010: “WHEREAS, The City of Connellsville desires to undertake the following project Yough River Park; and

WHEREAS, the applicant desires to receive from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources a grant for the purpose of carrying out this project; and

WHEREAS, the application package includes a document entitled “Terms and Conditions of Grant” and a document entitled “Signature Page for Grant Agreement”; and

WHEREAS, the applicant understands that the contents of the document entitled “Terms and Conditions of Grant,” including appendices referred to therein, will become the terms and conditions of a Grant Agreement between the applicant and the Department if the applicant is awarded a grant; and

NOW THEREFORE, it is resolved that: 1. The “Signature Page for Grant Agreement” may be signed on behalf of the applicant by the Official who, at the time of signing, has TITLE of Mayor, City of Connellsville.

2. If this Official signed the “Signature Page for Grant Agreement” prior to the passage of this Resolution, this grant of authority applies retroactively to the date of signing.

3. If the applicant is awarded a grant, the “Signature Page for Grant Agreement”, signed by the above Official, will become the applicant/grantee’s executed signature page for the Grant Agreement, and the applicant/grantee will be bound by the Grant Agreement.

4. Any amendment to the Grant Agreement may be signed on behalf of the grantee by the Official who, at the time of signing of the amendment, has the TITLE specified in paragraph 1 and the grantee will be bound by the amendment.”

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

Resolution No. 4-10-2010: “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 approximate amount of $ 370,434 for financial assistance under its Fiscal Year 2010 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 2010 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 May 2010 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, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

GEYER:

CAHS Patriots, Auction to “Support our Troops”, Thursday, May 6th

Resolution No. 4-11-2010: “To pay all bills/expenditures for goods/services in excess of $500.00 as presented; Krumanacker Electric, Traffic control, $660.95.”

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

Resolution No. 4-12-2010: “To pay Widmer Engineering, Inc. $920.00 for site review and resolution of storm water management issues.”

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

Resolution No. 4-13-2010: “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, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 4-14-2010: “To approve a Letter of Authorization with KeyTex Energy as the City’s agent for the purposes of obtaining electric generation and transmission service and to authorize the release of information to this agent.”

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

Resolution No. 4-15-2010: “To approve a contract with Allegheny Energy Supply for 12 months, to supply the City with electric generation and transmission service for the City’s street lights, pending solicitor’s approval.”

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

Resolution No. 4-16-2010: “To pay Pashek $6,734.00 as required by the DCNR Grant as the City’s 10% payment of this grant. Money is to be taken out of the Recreation PLGIT and will be reimbursed from the Progress Fund.”

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

KARPIAK:

Street Department Report

Thanked everyone for showing up at East Park, noting there were about 40 people cleaning up there. He further asked that if someone sees a pothole, please call the City.

Resolution No. 4-17-2010: "That Antoinette Tesauro, City Clerk, is hereby authorized to execute for and on behalf of the City of Connellsville, all required forms and documents for the purpose of obtaining financial assistance under the Robert T Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act."

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

Mr. Karpiak announced that the Triathlon is being put together and everything is moving along very well. He briefed the public on all that is going on well.

WEAVER:

Fire Department Report, January, February and March 2010

Health/Code Department Report

New Haven Hose Report

Ms. Weaver stated that 87% of landlords are now compliant. There are 785 known units, 110 at Greenwood Heights which do not include Connellsville Housing Authority’s HUD units. She further added that $5,530.00 in revenue has currently been generated; this excludes Connellsville Housing Authority who is exempt from the $10 fee.

May 8th will be the City’s Clean-up Day.

RUSH:

Announced that the Recreation Board will meet at 7 PM on May 5th at City Hall.

Ms. Rush thanked the citizens who helped on April 17th cleanup the parking lots, sidewalks and streets. She named numerous groups that helped with the City’s cleanup.

Earth Day Beautification Project, April 22nd at the Trail head from 7 AM – 5 PM Resolution No. 4-18-2010: “To enter into a three year lease agreement between the City of Connellsville and Trailside Trading.”

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

Ms. Rush noted this was known as the Cream of the Trail Refreshment Stand that was discussed at the last meeting. She further added that two people that put in proposals got together and are now Trailside Trading, Geno Gallo and Frank Romeo are the owners. They will have canoes, boats and bikes and refreshments.

Mr. Gallo stated that it’s a little late in the season to get started this year, but next year they will have more than this year. He said they are working on bikes and kayaks now and have boats. We will have smoked ribs, flatbreads and pizzas.

CITY TREASURER KELLER’S REPORT

CONTROLLER WROTE’S REPORT

Mayor Matthews reminded everyone that as Councilwoman Weaver stated, May 8th is the Clean-up Day, but the Saturday before that, May 1st is the City’s Community Yard Sale Day which is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. He further added that you can try to sell your items one week, then what you don’t sell that week, put it out for clean-up the next week.

Resolution No. 4-19-2010: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6:00 PM on May 19, 2010 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

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

Resolution No. 4-20-2010: “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, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

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