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March 16, 2011 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 Ritch. Also attending this meeting was City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Mitchell.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance. Prayer given by Pastor Hill of the Otterbein United Methodist Church.

Proclamation, Boy Scout Troop 101

Proclamation, Walter E. Brown, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #21 Day

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Judy Keller, John Woodruff Race, Wednesday, July 13th at 7 PM at the Falcon Stadium

Emma Strong of Trail Town Outreach, Earth Day, April 21st, coordinating with Buy Local – 9 AM until 1 PM, Buy Local Press Conference will be from 1 PM until 2 PM. On March 22, 2011 will be a meeting to discuss an Art Sculpture from 5 PM until 7 PM.

CORRESPONDENCE:

American Legion Post 301, Flag Day and Tattered-flag Disposal Program, June 11th at 1 PM

Resolution No. 3-1-2011: “To grant permission to American Legion Post 301 to use the public address system, Pavilion #1 and the stage at Yough Park on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 1 PM for their annual Flag Day and Tattered-Flag Disposal Program.”

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.

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 3-2-2011: “To accept the minutes from the February 16, 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. 3-3-2011: “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

Appointment of Joe Mancuso to the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority, term to expire the first Monday in January of 2016

Resolution No. 3-4-2011: “To reappoint Rodney L. Gunderson to the Connellsville Municipal Authority Board, term to expire the first Monday in January 2016.”

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. 3-5-2011: “To appoint Joe Ambrose, Sr. to the Connellsville Sr. Citizens Board; term to expire the first Monday of January 2016.”

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. 3-6-2011: “To amend Resolution No. 1-6-2011, appointing Buddy Barrett to the Senior Citizen Board, by amending the term to expire the first Monday in January of 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.

Resolution No. 3-7-2011: “To transfer ownership of the “Electric Police Car”, more specifically a 2000 Chevy Impala VIN #2G1WF55K4Y9374590, to Mission Critical Solutions.”

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.

GEYER:

Resolution No. 3-8-2011: “To exonerate the following City owned properties for the 2011 tax year: Connellsville Area Senior Center, 100 East Fayette Street, $1,581.90; Connellsville Community Center parking lot, 201 East Fairview Avenue, $44.51; Connellsville Community Center, 201 East Fairview Avenue, $269.29.”

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. 3-9-2011: “To exonerate the City owned property located at 139 North Pittsburgh Street, Tax Map No. 05-06-0432-01, known as the Aaron’s Building, for the tax years of 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 for a total of $1,797.22.”

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.

Discussed the G-5-Conference on March 17, 18 & 19.

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

Discussed potholes

Resolution No. 3-10-2011: “To accept responsibility and liability for Mount Pleasant’s Bucket Truck when used by the City of Connellsville’s Public Works Department.”

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.

Discussed the upcoming Triathlon Race this year and MEGA Beanbag toss tournament. He noted www.rivercitypromotions.com is where you could find more information on the upcoming events.

WEAVER:

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

Weaver stated her resolution concerning amending an ordinance can be found on the City’s website at Connellsville.org. “It’s under recent news and the red letters are the changes. If you have any questions, I’ll refer you to Tom Currey, our Code Officer. Tom’s done a wonderful job putting this together.”

Resolution No. 3-11-2011: “To advertise amendments to Articles II, III, IV, VI, VIII, X, XI, and XII of Ordinance No.1448, March 13, 2006, commonly referred to as The City of Connellsville's "Sign Ordinance."

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 added the Downtown Business Mixer will be at the Elks on Thursday, March 31st from 5:30 until 7:30. You should contact either Susan or Nancy for this. “You can look on their website at downtownconnellsville.org.

Weaver also noted the Fayette County Cultural Trust is planning a trip similar trip to going by bus to Heinz Hall and stopping for dinner afterwards. It’s scheduled for June 19th, at Sunday afternoon. It will be a tribute to Frank Sinatra with a cost of $99 which includes bus and dinner. Checks should be payable to West Apple Tours.

Weaver also announced Connellsville’s Magazine called Connellsville Crossroads which comes out quarterly. She noted you can get your copy at Connellsville Artworks on Crawford Avenue.

RITCH:

Parks/Public Property Report

Ritch thanked Council for attending the Recreation Board meeting.

Resolution No. 3-12-2011: “To accept the resignation of John Lypson from the Connellsville Recreation Board effective immediately.”

Ritch thanked Mr. Lypson for serving the City.

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

Ritch noted that the next resolution is for part time help. “The first position is for 3 hours on Saturday and 4 hours on Sunday and possibly 4 hours on holidays.” He noted this is during this rental season at the parks from May to September and includes cleaning pavilions and cleaning restrooms. Ritch added the next position is May 15th until mid August. “It is minimum wage and up to 40 hours. The duties are mowing, trimming and maintenance.” Ritch added that both jobs require a valid driver’s license.

Resolution No. 3-13-2011: “To advertise for summer workers for the Public Works Department; to be paid minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.”

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. 3-14-2011: “To request bids for a new phone system for the City of Connellsville, bid specs to be available at City Hall after March 24, 2011. Bids are due by 5:00 PM April 20, 2011. The Municipality reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.”

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. 3-15-2011: “To request bids for a new computer system for the City of Connellsville, bid specs to be available at City Hall after March 24, 2011. Bids are due by 5:00 PM April 20, 2011. The Municipality reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.

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. 3-16-2011: “To advertise for bids for a new phone system and computer system for the City of Connellsville.”

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 stated he attended the musical Aladdin Jr. at Jr. High East and would like to take the time to congratulate them and Mr. Ben Haines and Gayle Kuneo along with the staff, students and volunteers. “It was an outstanding program which I thoroughly enjoyed.”

CITY TREASURER REPORT:

CONTROLLER REPORT:

Resolution No. 3-17-2011: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on April 20, 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.

Matthews added due to the G-5 Conference, the City office may be closed Friday.

Resolution No. 3- 18-2011: “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, and Ritch. Karpiak voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

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