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March 20, 2008 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, and 110 North Arch Street, Connellsville, PA. Attending this meeting were Mayor Reed, Council Members Matthews, McIntire, Geyer, and Bodes. Also attending this meeting was City Clerk Tesauro, Solicitor Tom Bowlen and City Treasurer Judy Keller.

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

Public Comment:

Michael Edwards of 507 South Pittsburgh Street, Connellsville, from the Cultural Trust. He discussed the Main Street Program. He noted that there will be a second meeting the beginning of April and would like everyone to bring someone with them. Edwards stated the community needs to be involved to help with the three main discussions that will be addressed at the next meeting. The first will be the goals of this project. The second is setting up four committees. The third will be addressing the boundaries that makeup the Main Street Program.

Yvonne Rush of East Cedar Avenue concerning the cat problem in her area.

Correspondence:

PA League of Cities – Scholarship contest for seniors in the high school.

Regular Agenda:

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-1 -08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To accept the minutes from the February 21, 2008 City Council Meeting.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS:

Mayor Reed:

Police Department Report for February 2008. Chief Edward McSheffery discussed the “Smooth Operator” Program and “Click It or Ticket”. Reed announced that the Armory will be sold to the City on March 31st at 11 am. Reed noted our river has been named the “River of the Year”. Connellsville Municipal Authority letter regarding drinking water and sewage. Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 9 am will be Yough River Trail clean-up. All to meet at the trail. April 12th is the walk at the trail. Reed discussed break- ins at properties in the City. People are stealing from vacant homes and the police needs the public to be the eyes and ears for them.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-2-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To reappoint the following member to the Connellsville Municipal Authority: Jodi Enany, term to expire the first Monday in January 2013.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-3-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To amend Resolution No. 2-11-08 from the February 21, 2008 City Council meeting to read: “To designate the 3rd Saturday of July as the annual Block Party Day in the City of Connellsville as per request of the Christian Outreach Ministries.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-4-08, which was seconded by Bodes:

“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 $ 340,070 for financial assistance under its Fiscal Year 2008 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 2008 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 March 2008 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 Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. Matthews voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-5-08, which was seconded by Geyer: : “To authorize the CPOA (Connellsville Police Officers Association) the use of Yough River Park for their second Annual Motorcycle Dice Run to be held on June 14, 2008, and close certain streets for this annual fundraiser.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-6-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To acknowledge receipt of grants from the Progress Fund for projects named: Cream of the Trail, in which the refreshment stand at Yough River park will be cleaned, refurbished and equipped to be open to the public and Flowers on Third Street in which flowers, shrubs and materials will be available for planting in the islands along the bike trail on North Third Street.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-7-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To advertise to hire seasonal employees for operation of the Yough Park refreshment stand. This shall be part-time work and no benefits for the seasonal positions. Minimum wage will be paid using grant funds and profits generated by the refreshment stand.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-8-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To authorize the controller to audit the reconciliation of the city’s 2007 property real estate taxes and produce a report for council of the daily real estate tax transmittals received from the city Treasurer.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Reed, Bodes, and McIntire. Geyer and Matthews voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-9-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To direct the city treasurer to present a monthly report that clearly exhibits all of the items of receipts and expenditures of the city, and the sources from which the moneys are received and the objects for which the same are distributed.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Reed, Bodes, and McIntire. Geyer and Matthews voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-10-08, which was seconded by McIntire: “To authorize an environmental grant application to American Water on behalf of the City of Connellsville. Whereas, American Water’s environmental grants support innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore and/or protect watersheds and community water supplies through partnerships.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-11-08: “To accept the 2007 annual audit from City Controller, Jean Wrote, for public review and inspection and submission to the State Department of Community and Economic Development.”

The 2007 Annual Audit was not submitted to City Council.

Bodes made motion to table the resolution. McIntire seconded the motion. Affirmative were Matthews, Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Bodes:

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-12-08, which was seconded by McIntire: “To pay all bills as presented including all bills and expenditures for goods and services that exceed $500.00:

American Rock Salt Co., road materials, $8,086.44 Case Sabatini, installment payment for audit, $4,250.00 The HDH Group, W/C and Liability Insurance, $37,020.46 Widmer Engineering, Engineering fee, $1,309.50

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-13-08, which was seconded by McIntire: “To authorize the City Clerk to seek quotes to upgrade the City’s telephone services and/or provider.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-14-08, which was seconded by McIntire: “To authorize the Director of Accounts and Finance to open two (2) checking accounts at the PNC Bank, local branch for the City of Connellsville. One account titled: Progress Fund Grants and the second account titled: Connellsville Armory.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. Matthews voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-15-08, which was seconded by McIntire: “To hire Laura Philburn as a part-time clerk in the City Tax Office. Pay rate is $7.50 an hour with no benefits.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Reed, Bodes, Matthews, Geyer and McIntire. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Geyer:

Geyer discussed the activity of the new Recreation Board.

Recreation Department Report. He thanked Vernon Ohler for helping with Recreation Department in George Kosisko’s absence. He noted George is out of the hospital and asked that everyone keep George and his family in their prayers.

Geyer introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-16-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To advertise for seasonal or temporary part-time help for the Recreation Department. Positions will pay $7.15 per hour with no benefits.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Reed, Bodes, Matthews, Geyer and McIntire. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Matthews:

Street Department Report

Matthews introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-17-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “To authorize the Connellsville City Council to enter into and to direct its proper officers to execute Bridge Inventory and Inspection Agreement No. M121260000 with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and related documents for the following bridges York Avenue, Run Avenue, and Baldwin Avenue. This Agreement stipulates that the cost for the inventory and inspection of these bridges will be $16,226.57, of which the Federal share shall be 80% and the City’s cost to be 20% to be taken from the Liquid Fuels Account.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Reed, Bodes, Matthews, Geyer and McIntire. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Matthews introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-18-08, which was seconded by Geyer: "To authorize and approve a change order to the City 2008 Street Paving Program. Whereas the water company anticipates digging to replace the water lines on Franklin Avenue in 2009, paving shall be delayed until the water project is complete. Wills Road will be designated for street paving. The costs for Wills Road paving shall be $20,032.05, a savings of $846.15."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Reed, Bodes, Matthews, Geyer and McIntire. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

McIntire:

Health Officer’s Report McIntire introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-19-08, which was seconded by Geyer: “To advertise for the intent to adopt an ordinance to amend Ordinances 13, 1086, and 783; AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING SECTIONS 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 AND 19 OF ORDINANCE NUMBER 13 (JANUARY 2, 1914) AS AMENDED PROVIDING FOR CHAIN OF COMMAND AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR FIRE PROTECTION WHEN MEMBERS OF THE PAID DEPARTMENT ARE NOT ON DUTY AND FOR RESPONSE TO MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Reed, Bodes, Matthews, Geyer and McIntire. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Tax Office update. Keller discussed the urgent need for two full time employees in the tax office.

Reed Introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-20-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “Motion for an Executive Meeting at 6:00 PM on Thursday, April 17, 2008, for the purpose of considering pending or new employment, collective bargaining or litigation issues.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Reed, Bodes, Matthews, Geyer and McIntire. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-21-08, which was seconded by Bodes: “That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Reed, Bodes, Matthews, Geyer and McIntire. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

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