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October 20, 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, and Weaver. Also attending this meeting were City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Mitchell.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Don Smith led invocation.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Tammy Stenson, Fact Bus Shelter Matthew Means, Eagle Scout Memorial Bridge Project Ethan Keedy, Connellsville Walk-a-thon results and discussion of projector needed for East Park Stephanie Campbell, Trail Town Work Group Meeting on October 27th at 4 PM

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 10-1-2010: “To accept the minutes from the September 15, 2010 City Council Meeting.”

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

Resolution No. 10-2-10: “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, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Letter from Councilwoman Rush

Resolution No. 10-3-2010: “To accept the resignation of Yvonne Rush as a Councilwoman for the City of Connellsville effective immediately.”

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

Mayor Matthews announced that Council has 30 days to appoint a replacement for her until the next Municipal Election, which would be until the end of next year. Council will accept letters of interest from anyone who would like to serve on Council. Letters can be turned into Toni Tesauro, City Clerk, until November 10th. There is a budget meeting that night and Council can discuss the letters at that time. He further noted that Council can change departments at that time and the new councilperson may not necessarily get the Recreation Department. We can appointment the new councilperson will be appointed on November 17th. If we can’t agree, then it would go to the court system.

Resolution No. 10-4-2010: “To appoint the Director of Streets and Public Improvements, Tom Karpiak, to oversee management of the Parks and Public Property Department, giving him all responsibilities and rights to direct employees, make policy, sign requisitions and other duties that may be required of this position, until such time as the City Council may appoint an individual to step in to fill this position."

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

Ladies Auxiliary VFW, Poppy Days November 4, 5 & 6, 2010

Resolution No. 10-5-2010: “To grant permission to the Ladies Auxiliary VFW to hold their annual Buddy Poppy Campaign on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 4, 5 and 6, 2010.”

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

Letter from Police Chief Edward J. McSheffery

Resolution No. 10-6-2010: “To accept the Letter of Retirement, retroactive September 30, 2010, from Edward J. McSheffery, from the Connellsville Police Department.”

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

Chamber of Commerce holding Christmas in Yough Park on November 20th from Noon until 4 PM, New Haven Hose’s Parade at 7 PM

Matthews announced the Halloween Parade is October 27th at 7 PM and gave the route.

Matthews congratulated McSheffery on his retirement and noted he will be sending him a letter thanking him for his time and dedication. He also thanked Yvonne Rush for the time she spend on Council. He noted he will send her a letter for her time to the City. Now that we accepted her resignation, I’ll see what property she has of the City’s and see if we can’t get that back.

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report

Resolution No. 10-7-2010: “To appoint Captain James Capitos as Acting Chief effective November 1, 2010.”

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

Resolution No. 10-8-2010: “To reschedule the December 15, 2010 City Council meeting to December 22, 2010 at 7 PM.”

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

Resolution No. 10-9-2010: “To permit the Fayette Area Coordinated Transportation ("FACT") and the Fayette County Office of Human and Community Services to erect a bus shelter on City owned land, located in front of City Hall."

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

Resolution No. 10-10-2010: “To allow Matthew Means to erect a pedestrian fence along Route 119 for his Eagle Scout Project.”

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

Resolution No. 10-11-2010: “To accept the 2010 COPS Hiring Program Grant Award No. 2010UMWX0267. The estimated amount of Federal Funds t

o be awarded to the City of Connellsville over the 3 year Grant Period is $217,456.00.” Matthews announced this is a grant that McSheffery applied for before he retired. It will allow us to hire an additional office in the City. “This will make our City a little safer.”

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

Resolution No. 10-12-2010: “To advertise the administration of the Police Civil Service examination and begin the process for the creation of a new list of Civil Service Police Officer eligible candidates.”

Matthews explained that since a new policeman will be hired, the Civil Service Board will have to administer a test.

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

GEYER:

Resolution No. 10-13-2010: “To authorize the payment of $33,168.97 to the New Haven Hose Volunteer Fire Department. This is the annual allotment to the Volunteer Fire Relief Association from the Pennsylvania State Auditor General’s Office.”

Geyer explained that this is State Aide that comes to the City and then the City cuts them a check.

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

Resolution No. 10-14-2010: “To authorize the City Clerk to request quotes from financial institutions for a Tax Anticipation Note for the year 2011, the amount to be determined when the 2011 budget is balanced.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 10-15-2010: “To authorize payment of the Tax Anticipation Loan Agreement to PNC Bank. The loan was approved by City Council on December 15, 2009 in the amount of $450,000.00 with an interest rate of 3.10% for 12 months.”

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

CAHS Patriots Veteran’s Day Breakfast, 8 am, November 10th at the high school, please RSVP. CAHS Patriots Wreaths across America, 410 cemeteries in the US will have wreaths placed on them and 24 foreign cemeteries on November 11th. $15.00 will purchase a wreath. Applications are at City Hall. CAHS Patriots/World Trade Center, the Patriots have been chosen to receive a piece on the World Trade Center.

Geyer then noted that the Geyer Performing Arts Center will be holding a fundraising event that is unique to this area, on November 13th; there is a $10 fee to get in. Vernon Ohler from our Street Department will be on of the dais. Geyer invited City Council to show up and say whatever they want to say about him along with anyone else who wants to speak about him. He noted it’s at 7:30 PM.

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report Public Buildings and Recreation Report Leaf pickup schedule

Karpiak addressed the plowing narrow streets in the winter. He announced that on odd days of the months, residents must park on the odd number side of the street and on even days of the month, residents will be required to park on the even side of the street. He noted this will allow for the street plow to move quickly and safely through the streets.

Resolution No. 10-16-2010: "To designate Odd/Even snow plowing days for the City of Connellsville for the winter season.”

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

Karpiak further noted that if other blocks or persons who plow on their own, they can call City Hall then we will put them on the schedule as to when they do that. He explained that last snow fall on 6th Street, the City went down, everyone moved their cars, we plowed and they moved their cars back. He noted you can sign up to do that. He stated you have to coordinate with your neighbors, but the City will be more than happy to work with you on that.

WEAVER:

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

Resolution No. 10-17-2010: “To grant a one-time refund of WIC’s sign permit application in the amount of $100.”

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

Weaver clarified that there are structures in the City that are ready to come down and the City would like to take them down before they do fall.

Resolution No. 10-18-2010: “To reallocate $94,000 out of 2009 CDBG movies, with $84,900 to go to demolition of commercial structures and reallocate $9,100 to East Park.”

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

CITY TREASURER KELLER’S REPORT:.

CONTROLLER WROTE’S REPORT:.

Matthews noted there was a budget meeting last night and Council feels they can bring the budget to the next meeting. “We moved the December council meeting to the 22nd so we can pass it by the end of the year.

Matthews also discussed the roads that have been milled around the City. “We did get a hold of the company that is doing the work and it’s not the City’s project.” He explained what was being done with this project. Matthew asked that all citizens please be patient as the Municipal Authority completes what they need to do.

Resolution No. 10-19-2010: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6:00 PM on November 17, 2010 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

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

Resolution No. 10-20-2010: “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, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

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