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October 16, 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 McIntire, Geyer, and Bodes. Also attending this meeting were, City Clerk Antoinette Tesauro and Solicitor Bowlen. Councilman Matthews was absent.

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

REMARKS FROM VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Tom Karpiak, 211 Perry Street, Connellsville, spoke about the Landlord Ordinance and City finances

CORRESPONDENCE: AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST:

PA Department of Community and Economic Development

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 10-1-08: "To accept the minutes from the September 18, 2008 City Council Meeting.¨

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

MAYOR REED:

Proclamation - National Business Womens Week

Proclamation - Ryun Karaffa, Eagle Scout

Proclamation - Catholic Daughters of America

Police Department Report

Celebration Saturday "Thank You¨

Yough Trail - Fall Foliage, October 19th

Chamber of Commerce Christmas In The Park will be November 22nd at Yough Park

Resolution No 10-2-08: "To close certain City streets for the following events:

Veterans' Day Parade, November 11th

New Haven Hose Halloween Parade, October 28th at 7 p.m. East and West Green Streets and East and West Washington Avenues traveling north on South Pittsburgh Street to Brimstone Corner, left onto East Crawford Avenue over the bridge onto West Crawford Avenue, left onto South Seventh Street to New Haven Fire Hall.¨

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

Resolution No. 10-3-08: "To designate Sunday, October 26, 2008, as Trick or Treat time for the children of Connellsville. Participating residents are asked to turn their porch light on from 4:00 pm to 5:00 p.m.¨

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

Resolution 10-4-08: "To permit the Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars Walter E. Brown Post #21 to hold their Annual Buddy Poppy Campaign on November 6, 7 and 8, 2008 being a Thursday, Friday and Saturday.¨

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

Resolution No. 10-5-08: "To advertise the intention of Council to amend Ordinance No. 1412 being the Police Pension Plan, to bring said Ordinance into compliance with the collective bargaining agreement between the City and its police officers and Section 4302.1 of the Third Class City Code.¨

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

Resolution No. 10-6-08: "To accept the resignations of Sister Catherine Meinert and Paula Rendine from the Board of Health.¨

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

Resolution No. 10-7-08: "To tentatively approve the employment contract for the City Clerk pending review by the solicitor.¨

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

Resolution No. 10-8-08: "To enter into Temporary Construction Easements with Penn DOT in the amount of $9,500 for Memorial Bridge reconstruction project, pending review of City Engineer and City Solicitor.¨

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

Resolution No. 10-9-08: "To appoint police officers Corporal Hammerle, Patrolmen Reese, Huss, Long and Ruff as code enforcement officers and zoning officers, but not building inspectors, for the City of Connellsville. There shall be no additional compensation and work will be completed during normal working hours.¨

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

BODES:

Resolution No. 10-10-08: "To pay $184,469.00 into the Police and Fire Fighters Pension Plans in order to satisfy the 2008 Minimum Municipal Obligations (MMO). The amount includes the $178,434.46 General Municipal Pension System State Aid as received from the Pennsylvania Auditor Generals Office and $6,034.54 to be taken from General Fund Account. $157,361.00 to be deposited in the Police Pension Plan and $27,108.00 to be deposited in the Fire Fighters Pension Plan.¨

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

Resolution No. 10-11-08: "To close the Grace B. Turner Savings Account opened 1968 and transfer the remaining funds totaling $1,340.79 into the Recreation Fund.¨

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

Resolution No. 10-12-08: "To accept the resignation of Laura Philburn as part-time tax clerk effective October 1, 2008.¨

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

Resolution No. 10-13-08: "To hire Linda Suter as part-time tax clerk effective October 20, 2008. Pay rate is $7.50 an hour with no benefits.¨

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

GEYER:

Recreation Report

CAHS Patriots Wreaths Across America

Letter from Marnie, Wal-Mart Softball Tournament

Geyer read Councilman Matthew Street Department Report, leaf pick-up schedule and resolutions.

Resolution No. 10-14-08: "To enter into a four year lease/purchase agreement with Ford Municipal Leasing for 2008 F-550 dump truck for use by the Street Department, annual payment of $11,417.30 to be taken from the liquid fuels account.¨

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

Resolution No. 10-15-08: "To purchase a 2008 F-250 pick-up from the State Piggy Back Program from Tri-Star Ford in the amount of $20,837.00. Money to be taken from Liquid Fuels Account.¨

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

Resolution No. 10-16-08: "To advertise to sell 1990 F-350 dump truck with plow and salt spreader and a 1996 F250 pick up truck with plow. Bids will be accepted up to 3 PM on November 13, 2008.¨

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

MATTHEWS: ABSENT

McINTIRE:

Fire Department Report New Haven Hose Report

Resolution No 10-17-08: "To extend the contract with Veolia Environmental Services, for City garbage collection services for the period October 31, 2008 to October 31, 2009. Residential collection rates shall be increased by one dollar per month for gasoline allowance. The new rate effective November 1, 2008 will be $10.77 per month.¨

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

Resolution No. 10-18-08: "To authorize the payment of $33,016.47 to the New Haven Hose Volunteer Fire Department. This is the annual allotment to the Volunteer Relief Association from the Pennsylvania State Auditor Generalˇ¦s Office.¨

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

Resolution 10-19-08: "To adopt Ordinance No. 1464 amending Ordinance 1413 Section 5.02 and Section 6.02 of the Firemens Pension Plan, to bring said sections into compliance with Sections 4322 and 4321 of the Third Class City Code.¨

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

Resolution No. 10-20-08: "To ratify the discharge of Rita Bornstein from the positions of Health Officer, Code Officer and Zoning Officer, and to rectify any procedural errors, including any failure to comply with the provisions of the Sunshine Law, related to those actions. Rita Bornstein is discharged from the Health Officer position effective August 20, 2008, from the Code Officer position effective July 9, 2008, and from the Zoning Officer position effective October 16, 2008. The employment dismissal is a result of the Pennsylvanian Ethics Commission adjudication as set forth in Order Number 1463 dated April 28, 2008."

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

Resolution No. 10-21-08: "That Resolution No. 8-21-08 adopted by the Council on August 21, 2008 ratifying the tentative agreement with the International Association of Firefighters Local 1917 be amended to read: " City Council hereby ratifies the provisions of the tentative collective bargaining agreement with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1917 as set forth in "Memorandum of Agreement (2008-2010) attached hereto commencing January 1, 2008 and ending December 31, 2010 pending review of the final agreement by the Solicitor; PROVIDED that in Section 4.1 the word "crew" appearing twice be replaced with the word "Department" and further provided that Section 4.2 require all promotions be made in compliance with the provisions of the Firemen's Civil Service Act, 53 P.S. Section 39861, et seq.¨

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

CITY TREASURER REPORT:

CONTROLLER REPORT:

Resolution No. 10-22-08: "Motion for an Executive Meeting at 6:00 PM on Thursday, November 13, 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: Reed, Bodes, McIntire, and Geyer. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Resolution No. 10-23-08: "That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.¨

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

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