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June 20, 2012 City 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 Karpiak, Weaver, Geyer and Ritch. Also attending this meeting was City Clerk Tesauro. Solicitor Witt was absent.

Invocation was given

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Johanna Harden questioned why there are executive sessions and what should public expect from them.

Matthews stated Solicitor Witt ensures Council only discusses what is permitted in Executive Sessions. He further stated that whatever they are discussing, most items eventually gets brought to the Council Meeting.

Joe Grumbley, Trail Town Corps. Is having Community Garden Event at the Community Center on July 5th between 6 PM and 8 PM

Casey Masheu, VCS Insurance, discussed the change of the City’s Health Insurance to a different insurance broker. Masheu asked where VCS stands as of now as the broker.

Matthews stated the new brokers are going to save the City 6.7% on our next year premium and about $128.00 a month.

Melissa Troutman, Mt. Watershed Association, Clean Water Camp to be held at the Ohio Pyle Community Center on Tuesday, July 17th from 2 PM – 5 PM

Francis Zuzak, Marcellus gas drilling

Matthews stated that there is not enough land in the City to drill. Karpiak stated there will be no wells in Connellsville City.

Linda Headly, Marcellus gas drilling

Karpiak stated he does not want a big argument at this meeting over Marcellus wells when the City has nothing to do with it.

Mary Grace Butela, Marcellus gas drilling

Karpiak stated that there are many reasons drilling can’t be done in the City: what’s under the earth, the size of land needs, the river, etc.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Bruce Jaynes, requesting street closing for the Chestnut Street Block Party

Resolution No. 6-1-2012: “To close Chestnut Street from the alley parallel to Newmyer Avenue to Patterson Avenue on July 14, 2012 for the Chestnut Street block party; pending approval of Police Chief.”

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

Vicki McWilliams, Wellness Committee, requesting street closings for their 5K Run and Walk; the route will be the same as the Woodruff Run.

Resolution No. 6-2-2012: “To close certain City Streets on Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM for the Connellsville Area School Districts Wellness Committee’s Annual 5K Walk and Run; further authorizing the Police and Fire Departments to assist in traffic control; pending approval of the Police Chief and Penn DOT.”

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

IC Church, requesting blocking an alley for their festival

Resolution No. 6-3-2012: “To close the alley between the two parking lots owned by IC Church on August 10th and 11th, 2012 for their annual Festival; pending approval of the Police Chief.”

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

Guy Tressler, West Side Hill Italian Bash, July 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Resolution No. 6-4-2012: “To close Banning Avenue from the alley adjacent 1336 Banning Avenue to the intersection of North Eleventh Street for the Westside Hill Italian Bash beginning at 1:00 PM on July 22, 2012; pending approval of Police Chief.”

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

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 6-5-2012: “To accept the minutes from the May 16, 2012 City Council Meeting.”

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

Resolution No. 6-6-2012: “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 Karpiak, Ritch, Geyer, Weaver and Mayor Matthews. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report

Reminders:

June 23rd & 24th, Braddock’s Crossing and Art on the Yough Park, crossing is at 1 PM
July 3rd, Fireworks
July 11th, John Woodruff 5K Run & Walk

Mayor stated that in the next few weeks there will be a scheduled public zoning meeting to move zoning forward.

Resolution No. 6-7-2012: “To accept the resignation of Dorothy Vise from the Senior Citizens Board of Directors effective immediately.”

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

Resolution No. 6-8-2012: “To rescind that portion of Resolution No. 2-11-12 regarding the appointment of Paychex Insurance Agency as the City’s insurance broker for health insurance effective July 1, 2012; and to ratify the appointment of Tracey & Associates as the City’s insurance broker for health insurance retroactive to and effective as of June 1, 2012.”

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

Resolution No. 6-9-2012: “City of Connellsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, in support of the lawsuit filed in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, Docket No. 284-MD-2012, in opposition to Act 13.”

WHEREAS, on February 14, 2012, Pennsylvania Governor Thomas W. Corbett signed HB 1950 into law as Act 13, amending the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act to establish, in part, a one-size fits all zoning scheme for oil and gas development that applies to every zoning district in every political subdivision in Pennsylvania; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, through enactment of the Municipalities Planning Code, vested local government with the police power to establish zoning districts, and did so in recognition of the fact that to be constitutional, zoning must reflect the uniqueness of each community; and

WHEREAS, municipalities have established multiple zoning districts to provide for certain limited types of uses, to ensure that development of land within each district was of the same general character, in order to protect the health, safety, morals, and welfare of the community; and

WHEREAS, we believe that Act 13 improperly restricts local municipal zoning regulations, and as such, is detrimental to all local governments and to those who reside in Pennsylvania’s 2,661 municipalities; and

WHEREAS, Act 13 thrusts upon municipalities the mandate that industrial uses be allowed in residential, agricultural, resource protection and commercial zones, frustrating the constitutional rationale for creation of separate zones; and

WHEREAS, the City of Connellsville supports the lawsuit filed in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, Docket No. 284-MD-2012, and hereby provides that it is in opposition to Act 13.

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that the City of Connellsville does hereby, by enactment of this resolution, declare that:

The City of Connellsville is opposed to Act 13. Act 13 unlawfully removes the ability of affected local governments located within this Commonwealth to promulgate appropriate legislation to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens. We are opposed to the allowance of industrial uses in residential areas that would negatively impact our local government’s interests and concerns, as permitted by Act 13.

We believe that Act 13 violates both the Pennsylvania and U.S. Constitutions, creating a zoning scheme that supersedes the protections local officials are sworn to uphold; the health, safety and welfare of its residents.

Be It Further Resolved that the City of Connellsville joins with many other municipalities and local elected officials in their opposition to the passage of Act 13 and conveys to the State Assembly opposition to the stripping of local zoning and planning authority from affected local governments. We therefore endorse and support the efforts of the municipalities challenging the validity of Act 13, Cecil Township, Mount Pleasant Township, Nockamixon Township, Peters Township, Robinson Township, South Fayette Township and Yardley Borough.

RESOLVED AND ENACTED this 20th day of June 2012 by the City Council of the City of Connellsville, in this lawful session regularly assembled.

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

GEYER:

Discussed insurance and event for kids at Rock Starz which included fingerprinting

Resolution No. 6-10-2012: “To pay all bills/expenditures for goods/services in excess of $500.00, as submitted: Ed Vincent Auto Body, $6,665.56 for repair of police vehicle #25.”

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

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

Street sweeper has been fixed, money saved by doing in-house repair.

Thanked the Garden Club for beautifying the town.

WEAVER:

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

Resolution No. 6-11-2012: “To adopt Bill No. 2 Ordinance No. 1491; AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING SECTION 301, CONFORMANCE TO CODES, AND SECTION 306, NONCONFORMING SIGNS, OF ORDINANCE NO. 1449 OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, THE SIGN ORDINANCE, TO MAKE CERTAIN PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO ALL SIGNS AND SIGN STRUCTURES.”

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

Resolution No. 6-12-2012: “To appoint Tim Bechtold to the Connellsville Board of Health; term to expire the first Monday in January of 2015.”

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

Resolution No. 6-13-2012: “To execute the Board of Health’s order to abate the public nuisance by demolition the following property: 216 West Austin Avenue, Connellsville, PA 15425, and to submit the aforementioned property to the Redevelopment Authority for demolition, funds taken from Neighborhood Stabilization Program Funds.”.

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

Resolution No. 6-14-2012: “To execute the Board of Health’s order to abate the public nuisance by demolition the following property: 230 East Apple Street, Connellsville, PA 15425, and to submit the aforementioned property to the Redevelopment Authority for demolition, funds taken from Neighborhood Stabilization Program Funds.”

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

Resolution No. 6-15-2012: “To execute the Board of Health’s order to abate the public nuisance by demolition the following property: 255 East Fairview Avenue, Connellsville, PA 15425, and to submit the aforementioned property to the Redevelopment Authority for demolition, funds taken from Neighborhood Stabilization Program Funds.”

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

RITCH:

Resolution No. 6-16-2012: “To hire the following individuals for the Summer Recreation Program at the following rates: William Ricks and Walt Schimansky as tennis instructors for $350 each; Ken House and Bill Baurer as golf instructors for $250 each; Grant Wortman and Jim Liechliter as basketball instructors for $250 each and Rick Youdell as a football coach for $250; program to start Monday, June 25, 2012 through Thursday, August 2, 2012.”

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

*Summer Recreation Program: Golf, Mountz Creek Park, Monday and Wednesday from 9 AM until 11 AM Tennis, High School, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 AM until 10 AM and 10 AM until Noon Basketball, Woodruff Park, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 AM until Noon Flag Football, East Park, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Time to be announced

Resolution No. 6-17-2012: “To grant permission to Nicholas Jacobyansky to build a pavilion at Austin Park as part of his Eagle Scout Program; pending approval of the Connellsville Planning Commission.”

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

Thanked Recreation Board Movie night at East Park is coming up on July 12th around 8:00 PM; the movie is “Goonies” Connellsville Sportsman Club stocking Yough River Thanked Chief Capitos and Bob Topper and all that was present during the recent drowning. Happy Birthday to Seth Apprentis from Armstrong!

Matthews thanked Councilman Ritch and the Recreation Board for the work and fundraising they do.

CITY TREASURER KELLER’S REPORT:

Resolution No. 6-18-2012: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on July 18, 2012 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

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

Resolution No. 6-19-2012: “That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.”

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

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