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November 17, 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:

Mike Edwards, CDBG Meeting to be held on December 6th at 6:30 PM here in Council Chambers; Saturday, November 20th is Christmas in the Park with Santa from noon until 4 PM at Yough Park and is sponsored again by the Chamber of Commerce; Conn Area Catholic School is holding a fundraiser on November 20th at 7 PM in the Porter Theater in the Community Center. It is “Till Death Do We Part.”; December 4th and 5th is going to be what the Downtown calls “Connellsville Christmas”. This is a church tours and businesses open house from noon until 5 PM. There will be non-profit cookie festival, tour and food for non-profits. There will be at least a dozen churches open on Saturday and Sunday. If anyone is interested, contact the Redevelopment Authority. There will be many events and concerts. All information will be on our website. The week after Thanksgiving on the 29th at various businesses, there will be a brochure listing various businesses that will be participating in the cookie tour and churches that will be open and having food. To top it off Lafayette will be presenting the Nutcracker at the Porter Theater; East Park on December 4th will be activities for kids from noon until 5 PM by the high school; Amtrak Station will be built by February 2011; St. Rita’s cookie sale will be 9 AM on December 11th;

Pastor Smith noted that Presbyterian Church will have a live Nativity on December 5th from 1 PM until 4 PM.

David Stupka, City electricity and savings

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 11-1-2010: “To accept the minutes from the October 20, 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. 11-2-10: “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:

New Haven Hose requesting financial support for maintenance of lights for the City Light Up Night

Resolution No. 11-3-2010: “To contribute $200 to New Haven Hose Company for the purpose of maintaining the Christmas lights associated with their Christmas Light Up 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.

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report

Resolution No. 11-4-2010: “To appoint Gregory A. Ritch, East Crawford Avenue, to fill the vacant and unexpired seat on City Council; term to expire the first Monday 2012.”

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.

Resolution No. 11-5-2010: “To appoint Gregory A. Ritch as Director of Parks and Public Buildings.”

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.

GEYER:

Resolution No. 11-6-2010: “To pay all bills/expenditures for goods/services in excess of $500.00 as submitted: Krumanacker Electric, $566.63, Traffic Control.”

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. 11-7-2010: “To enter into a 1 year service agreement with Fay West Copier Service in the amount of $439.00.”

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. 11-8-2010: “To pay Widmer Engineering, Inc. $740.00 for Engineering Services for the paving program, money to be taken out of Liquid Fuels.”

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. 11-9-2010: “To pay $500.00 to Higbee Insurance Agency, Inc. for the City Treasurer’s annual Bond Policy beginning January 1, 2011 to January 5, 2012.”

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. 11-10-2010: “To pay Mockenhaupt Benefits Group $517.50 for consulting, actuarial and administrative services through September 30, 2010 for the Police Pension Plan.”

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. 11-11-2010: “To pay Mockenhaupt Benefits Group $365.00 for consulting, actuarial and administrative services through September 30, 2010 for the Firemen’s Pension Plan.”

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. 11-12-2010: “To introduce proposed Ordinance #1476, Bill No.1 of 2010, AN ORDINANCE FIXING THE SALARIES PAYABLE BY THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE FOR THE VARIOUS POSITIONS ENUMERATED HEREIN FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2011, AND REPAEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES INCONSISTENT HEREWITH.”

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. 11-13-2010: “To introduce Ordinance #1477, Bill No. 2 of 2010, An Ordinance of the City of Connellsville, County of Fayette, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, fixing the real estate tax rate and residence tax rate for all city purposes for the fiscal year 2011, and repealing all ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith.”

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. 11-14-2010: “To introduce proposed Ordinance #1478, Bill No. 3 of 2010, AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, SHOWING THE ESTIMATED RECEIPTS, EXPENDITURES, AND LIABILITIES OF EVERY KIND FOR ALL THE FUNDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011 WITH THE BALANCE OF UNEXPENDED APPROPRIATIONS AS THE BASIS FOR FIXING THE LEVY AND TAX RATE FOR SAID FISCAL, YEAR APPROPRIATING THE VARIOUS AMOUNTS SHOWN AS PROPOSED EXPENDITURES HEREIN FOR THE EXPENSES OF THE CITY FOR SAID FISCAL YEAR FROM THE REVENUE AVAILABLE FOR SAID FISCAL YEAR FOR THE DEPARTMENTS, BUREAUS, AND SPECIFIC PURPOSES SET FORTH HEREIN, AND THE REPEALING OF ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES INCONSISTANT HEREWITH.”

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. 11-15-2010: “To authorize the Director of Accounts and Finance to transfer money as necessary from the Parking and Revitalization PLIGIT Account, to the General Fund for whatever general purpose City Council deems as in the best interest of the City, to meet unexpected expenditures to meet the financial obligations of the City for the year 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. 11-16-2010: “To pay $201,326.00 into the Police and Fire Fighters Pension Plans in order to satisfy the 2010 Minimum Municipal Obligations (MMO). The amount includes the $155,272.43 General Municipal Pension System State Aid as received from the Pennsylvania Auditor Generals Office and $43,053.57 to be taken from General Fund Account. $177,158.00 to be deposited in the Police Pension Plan and $24,168.00 to be deposited in the Fire Fighters Pension Plan.”

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:

Public Works Report Public Buildings and Recreation Report

Karpiak announced the Christmas tree in front of City Hall was donated by Lyndon Hall and thanked them. He further noted that it will be decorated by the Dellagotti Family in memory of Jim Dellagotti.

He further noted the roof on the garage has been patched up. He also noted that the Armory’s roof will be an easy fix. He announced that the building is still for sale.

Karpiak then reminded everyone that if it snows, the City is still going with the odd/even snow days. On odd number days, you will park on the side of the street with the odd numbers and on even number days you are to park on the even numbers side of the road. He added that if you have a difficult street or dead end road, get together with your neighbors and all pull out at the same time, we will plow it then you all move your cars back.

WEAVER:

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

Weaver announced that the paper and magazine pickup in the parking lot by Wesley Health Center is no longer available.

She further noted the Thanksgiving Choir is this Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church at 6:30 PM.

Resolution No. 11-17-2010: “To order an Asbestos Abatement Study to be performed on 106 West Crawford Avenue, AKA, The Macko Building, which is a property that has been declared a Public Nuisance and a Dangerous Structure by the Connellsville Board of Health. The estimated amount of the study is $2,500 to $3,000, to be taken out of the Capital Reserve Account.”

Matthews announced that this study must be done regardless of who tears it down. “By passing this resolution, we will be expediting whoever will be tearing the building down and where the money is going to come from to tear it down before it falls down. This is one of the most dangerous buildings in the City right now and I would even move it above the Aaron’s Building. We are hoping to have the study done by next week and then move on to remove that hazard.”

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. 11-18-2010: “To ratify terms and conditions of the existing collective bargaining agreement between the City of Connellsville and Firefighters Union Local 1917 pursuant to Act 111. The parties’ mutual agreement shall be binding upon the parties from January 1, 2011 through and including December 31, 2013. All terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between parties dated December 31, 2007, and the April 9, 2009; Arbitration Award will be continued except as hereby modified.”

Weaver announced that we will not divulge any contents of the agreement until the firemen sign it.

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:

Resolution No. 11-19-2010: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on December 22, 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. 11-20-2010: “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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