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July 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 was Mayor Matthews, Council members Geyer, Karpiak, Weaver and Rush. Also attending this meeting were City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Mitchell.

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

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

David Stupka, Renewable energy: saving electricity and changing use of lights – collectively with community-wide co-operation of home improvements.

J. Michael Edwards, City events, Farmer’s Market, Lions Square Concerts, Mixer

Ethan Keedy, Walk-a-thon on August 28th

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 7-1-2010: “To accept the minutes from the June 16, 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.

Resolution No. 7-2-2010: “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.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Gary Barker, Elks Lodge #503, Annual Beach Party

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report

Soap Box Derby, July 31st beginning at 9 AM on Newmeyer Avenue. Contacts for this event are: John Ruggieri – 724-277-2159 and Tim Etling – 724-628-5292

Matthews congratulated the Historical Society for the two great days of the Braddock’s Crossing and the Cultural Trust had the Art in the Park in conjunction with that which seemed to be a success.

The following weekend was Tom Karpiak, who took the ball and his gang for the Triathlon. I think the Triathlon will grow and was a big success. At that same time, the Trinity Lutheran Church had a car show. The Chamber and Lions Club had a dance and fireworks.

July 3rd was a big day and all of these organizations deserve a big pat on the back. Connellsville Community Ministries had a block party at Yough Park which turned out great.

The Trail Town is working with the Cultural Trust to have a Farmer’s Market every Saturday for about another seven weeks. They seem to be doing very good and will grow as the produce grows.

This is what will help the City be a happening place, is working with all of these groups and non-profit organizations. I think the walk-a-thon will be huge, there are already people talking about it. I just want to say thanks to all of these groups.

Resolution No. 7-3-2010: “To close North Carnegie Avenue, between East Crawford Avenue and East Orchard Alley, from 9 AM August 14, till 9 AM August 15, 2010 for the Elks Lodge #503 Annual Beach Party, pending review and approval of Police Chief.”

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.

Matthews noted the main reason for adopting the following resolution is for grant money, and the DCED wants you to follow a plan.

Resolution No. 7-4-2010: RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE ADOPTING THE NOVEMBER 2009 MULTI-MUNICIPAL COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, CONNELLSVILLE TOWNSHIP, AND SOUTH CONNELLSVILLE BOROUGH AS THE OFFICIAL COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, PA.

WHEREAS, it is the intent of the City Council of the City of Connellsville, Pennsylvania, to provide for the planned and orderly development of the City, to foster the prudent use of land within the City, to plan for the movement of people and goods throughout the City, to plan for community services and utilities, and to coordinate the City’s existing and proposed development with the existing and proposed development of contiguous municipalities; and

WHEREAS, in accordance with the PA Municipalities Planning Code, the Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan, dated November 2009 (hereinafter referred to as “the Plan”) addresses the existing and future land use, housing, transportation, community facilities and other development needs of the City and the coordination of the City’s development with contiguous municipalities; and

WHEREAS, the City of Connellsville Planning Commission has recommended that the City Council of the City of Connellsville approve and adopt the Plan; and

WHEREAS, City Council of the City of Connellsville held a public hearing on July 21, 2010 to solicit and consider public comment on the Plan.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by City Council of the City of Connellsville of Fayette County, Pennsylvania as follows:

That City Council of the City of Connellsville hereby adopts the Plan, which consists of text, charts and maps, as the official Comprehensive Plan for The City of Connellsville, Pennsylvania.

RESOLVED AND ADOPTED by City Council of the City of Connellsville, Pennsylvania, in lawful session assembled this _____ day of _______________, 2010.

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

Resolution No. 7-5-2010: “To authorize the mayor on behalf of the City of Connellsville to enter into a restructured mortgage and security agreement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department Of General Services for finance of the former National Guard Armory at 108 West Washington Avenue. Under the restructured agreement the City is annually responsible for $5,600 over a period of six years at 0% interest to fulfill its remaining obligation of $33,600. This new agreement shall supersede the original mortgage and security agreement executed on March 31, 2008.”

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. 7-6-2010: “To advertise bidding for the sale of real property described as the former National Guard Armory located at 108 West Washington Avenue. Bids will be opened on September 15, 2010 at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting at 7:00 pm.”

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. 7-7-2010: “To authorize local newspaper publication of bidding advertisements regarding the sale of the former National Guard Armory located at 108 West Washington Avenue.”

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.

Matthews explained the next resolution as giving permission to Penn DOT to enter into our land to replace the bridge connecting the City and South Connellsville.

Resolution No. 7-8-2010: “To authorize the mayor on behalf of the City of Connellsville to enter into an agreement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation, to enter upon City property abutting the project known as the 'Replacement of the State Route 1037 Section D10 Bridge on Pittsburgh Street over Trump Run.' The Authority hereby given is not to be construed as a waiver of any rights which the undersigned may have under the Eminent Domain Code with regard to the construction of the above transportation project, all such rights being expressly reserved."

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. 7-9-2010: “To appoint Mary Beth Salatino to the Connellsville Recreation Board for a term to expire the first Monday of January 2015.”

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:

Geyer stated his support for all the events that are happening in the City. He further noted being a member of the Lions Club, he can announce their Concerts at Lions Square are being held 7 PM till 9 PM every Sunday Night for free.

Resolution No. 7-10-2010: “To pay all bills/expenditures for goods/services in excess of $500 as submitted: Widmer Engineering, Inc. $960.00 for 12 hours of Professional Engineering work on the 2010 Stormwater Management Program.”

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. 7-11--2010: “To pay Widmer Engineering, Inc. $360.00 for 2 hours of Professional Engineering and 4 hours of Field Technician work on the City’s 2010 Street Paving Project.”

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

Resolution No. 7-12-2010: “To pay Mockenhaupt $1,700.00 for consulting, actuarial and administrative services through May 31, 2010 for the Police and Firemen’s Pension Plans.”

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

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

Karpiak announced the success of the first Triathlon and noted that everyone worked together. He further added he would like to have an upcoming Bass Tournament.

WEAVER:

Weaver thanked Tom Karpiak and his various supporters for the great 4th of July weekend. She announced an opening on the Board of Health. Weaver added that she needs someone from the City to get involved and mail in a letter of interest.

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

RUSH:

Rush announced the next Recreation Board meeting is Aug 4th at 7 PM in City Hall. Public Buildings and Recreation Report

Rush noted that Jamie McPoyle came up with the idea of having a Flag Football to expand past the Summer Program. She noted that program was a huge success with over 90 some signups. Rush added that hopefully next month she will be able to announce how much money was made and will be given to the Recreation Department. Rush announced that the Flag Football will be held at East Park and there will be different age categories. She announced $20 sign ups for the first child, $10 for the second and free thereafter. Rush stated if anyone has questions, they can contact either Jamie McPoyle or herself.

Resolution No. 7-13-2010: “To grant permission to the Falcon Flag Football League to utilize East Park for their practices and games starting September 11, 2010 and ending November 6, 2010, pending review of their liability insurance certificate.”

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.

Rush asked questioned spending money from the Parking Lot Fund to purchase a mower for the Public Works Department.

Matthews explained that he looked into it and it could be done because there is enough money from the government to pay back that money. He further added that the Parking Lot Fund will be discussed by Council for next year’s budget. He added that the mower can’t be used in a parking lot, but the Public Works Department does take care of the parking lots.

Rush added that the previous mowers purchased by the City were residential mowers and no longer work. She further added that Mr. Ohler informed her of the 30 plus acres the City owns that they must mow.

Resolution No. 7-14-2010: “To purchase an X Mark Zero Turn mower from Brilhart Hardware at a cost of $8,891.99 to be paid from the parking lot 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.

Resolution No. 7-15-2010: “Be it resolved by the City Council of the City of Connellsville to amend the Cooperation Agreement dated April 21, 2010 authorizing the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority to administer the CDBG funds on behalf of the City of Connellsville to include: the administration of the DCNR Grant Agreement BRC-PRD-15-56 Yough River Park Project.”

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. 7-16-2010: “Be it resolved by the City Council of the City of Connellsville to delegate the responsibility of administering the DCNR Grant BRC-PRD-15-56 Yough River Park Project to the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority and further that the City of Connellsville may transfer the DCNR funds to the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority for payment of the costs incurred by the Connellsville Redevelopment through their execution of the applicable construction contracts.”

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

Rush announced that there are still two openings on the Recreation Board.

CITY TREASURER REPORT:

CONTROLLER REPORT:

Resolution No. 7-17-2010: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6:00 PM on August 18, 2010 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

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

Resolution No. 7-18-2010: “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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