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February 26, 2011 Council Minutes

Connellsville City Council Minutes February 16, 2011 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 Ritch. Also attending this meeting was City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Mitchell.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance. Rev. Matt Goldsberry led invocation.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Tom Currey, City Health and Code Officer presented City Council of the Planning Commission’s 2010 Report.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Connellsville Veterans Commission, Memorial Day Parade on May 30th at 10 AM

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 2-1-2011: “To accept the minutes from the January 26, 2011 City Council Meeting.”

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

Resolution No. 2-2-2011: “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, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report

Resolution No. 2-3-2011: “To direct City Solicitor Mitchell and the City's Engineering firm, Widmer Engineering, to prepare the Floodplain Management ordinance so Council can review and discuss before being advertised to the public.”

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

Resolution No. 2-4-2011: “To direct City Solicitor Mitchell and the City's Engineering firm, Widmer Engineering, to prepare the mandatory Stormwater Ordinance in conformance with the Fayette County Act 167 Stormwater Plan, so Council can review and discuss before being advertised to the public.”

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

Resolution No. 2-5-2011: “To reappoint Vicky Cartwright to the Zoning Board; term to expire the first Monday of January 2015.”

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

Matthews thanked the patriots for bringing a piece of the World Trade Center back. “I want to thank Councilman Ritch who went on the trip with them, the police and all the fire departments who helped the next day in the parade/escort of this piece to the school. I also would like to thank all the reporters and everyone involved.”

GEYER:

Resolution No. 2-6-2011: “To pay all bills/expenditures for goods/services in excess of $500, as submitted: Case/Sabatini, $9,175.00, Audit of financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2009 and City Auto Center, $1,028.94, repairing Police vehicles.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 2-7-2011: “To pay Mockenhaupt, $550.00 for consulting, actuarial and administrative services through January 31, 2011 for the Firemen’s Pension Plan.”

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

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

Resolution No. 2-8-2011: “To renew the Sodium Chloride contract with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of General Services, Bureau of Procurement, Costars Program, commencing August 2011 and ending July 2012.”

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

Resolution No. 2-9-2011: “WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors of Connellsville Township, the Council of the Borough of South Connellsville and the Council of the City of Connellsville have each enacted Resolutions confirming their intent to purchase jointly a Tiger Flail Mower for the use of agricultural grounds keeping;”

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

Resolution No. 2-10-2011: ”For Connellsville Township Supervisors, South Connellsville Borough & the City of Connellsville will be operating an inter-municipal agreement to purchase and share a Tiger Model RBF-14C Flail Mower for a total cost of $19,895.00 to be divided equally between the three entities;”

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

WEAVER:

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

RITCH:

Public Buildings and Recreation Report

Ritch explained that there are two ways to handle City expenditures, one being resolution and the other requisition. He noted there are automatic payments with maintenance and contracts. In order to create an audit trail or paper trail we have what will be an annual resolution so they can be signed by Mr. Geyer and sent out for payment.

Resolution No. 2-11-2011: “That proper authorization is given to pay the following expenditures each and every month for the calendar year 2011. This action is retroactive to January 4, 2011: All public utilities; health, vision and dental premiums; traffic control under $500; police vehicle monthly leases; collection fees from Central Tax Bureau; Culligan Water; Cintas hall carpets; Pitney Bowes postage; premiums for workmen’s compensation, liability and bonds; gasoline and diesel fuel; animal control; legal advertisements; and all contracted maintenance agreements.”

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

Resolution No. 2-12-2011: "To extend the current lease agreement between the City of Connellsville and the Connellsville Area Senior Tigers for a period of four months, commencing March 1, 2011, and ending July 1, 2011.”

Ritch noted that Council is working on all the lease agreements that they have within the City.

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

Ritch thanked Connellsville Falcon Foundation who donated to the Connellsville Recreation Department $2,000. He further thanked everyone involved in and supporting the Connellsville Patriots in receiving a piece of history.

CITY TREASURER REPORT:

CONTROLLER REPORT:

Resolution No. 2-13-2011: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on March 16, 2011 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

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

Resolution No. 2-14-2011: “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, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

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