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September 15, 2010 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, City Treasurer Keller and Solicitor Mitchell.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance. Rev. Chris Stillwagon led invocation.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Mark and Judy Schomer were present to discuss festival locations and requesting that Crawford Avenue no longer be closed. Schomer suggested that festivals be held in another located.

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 9-1-2010: “To accept the minutes from the August 18, 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. 9-2-10: “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:

Margaret Livingston, Block Party Request

Resolution No. 9-3-2010: “To block off both ends of the 1200 block of Sycamore Street from 1 PM until 11 PM on Saturday, September 18th for the annual Block Party, pending approval of the 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.

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report

Resolution No. 9-4-2010: “To close certain City streets for the New Haven Hose Halloween Parade on Tuesday, October 26th at 7 PM, beginning at Green Street by Presbyterian Church and South Side Grocer from Green Street down South Pittsburgh Street to Brimstone Corner, left through town and over bridge to Seventh Street, left to New Haven Hose Company.”

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

Resolution No. 9-5-2010: “To set Trick or Treat in the City for Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 4 PM to 6 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.

Matthews announced the next two resolutions will not be read because the City Clerk did not receive any bids on the Armory by the deadline today. He further stated that the Armory is still for sale and anyone interested in purchasing it should contact the City Clerk to set up a meeting with Council to discuss it.

GEYER:

Geyer requested that Department Heads have their 2011 Budget requests in by October 1st so the City Clerk could input the data.

Resolution No. 9-6-2010: “To schedule Budget Meetings on the following dates: October 19th, November 3, 10, and 16, 2010 at 6:30 PM to prepare the 2011 City Budget.”

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. 9-7-2010: "To authorize Central Tax Bureau of PA, Inc. to collect all delinquent Per Capita Taxes for 2008 and 2009. Taxpayers may still pay through our local tax office until Monday, November 1, 2010. All delinquencies after that date will be turned over to Central Tax Bureau for collection."

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:

Public Works Report

Karpiak announced that compost will be available Monday, September 20th and road work will begin on Franklin Avenue next week, there will be milling and paving.

Karpiak discussed snow removal and where cars will be parking. He also discussed that if you have a disabled vehicle, please have it removed now. It must have a valid inspection and up to date license or it cannot be on the street.

Karpiak announced that the City will get back 75% of the City’s total snow removal cost, which is $24,665.12.

WEAVER:

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

Weaver announced that Wesley Health Center’s flu shot is available on September 25th from 9 am until 1 pm.

RUSH:

Public Buildings and Recreation Report

Rush announced the Recreation Board’s next meeting is scheduled October 6th at 7 PM at City Hall.

Rush discussed the Recreation Budget and pavilion refunds.

CITY TREASURER KELLER’S REPORT:

CONTROLLER WROTE’S REPORT:

Resolution No. 9-8-2010: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6:00 PM on October 20, 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. 9-9-2010: “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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