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September 19, 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 and Solicitor Witt.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND MOMENT OF SILENCE:

Mayor Matthews announced there was an Executive Session at 6:20 PM till 7:50 PM

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

John Primus, Property ordinances

Dan Cocks, Placement of benches on Crawford Avenue and ordinance for empty store front windows

Geno Gallo, Sustainable Connellsville, Green building and $25,000 check

Marcy Ozorowski, Highlands Hospital discussion

Commissioner Alfred Ambrosini responded to Highlands Hospital

CORRESPONDENCE:

Michelle Keefer, Falcon Football Parents Association.

Patricia Pritts, Connellsville Area Sr. Tigers

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 9-1-2012: “To approve the minutes from the August 15, 2012 City Council Meeting.”

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

Resolution No. 9-2-2012: “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, Geyer, Ritch, Weaver and Mayor Matthews. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report

Resolution No. 9-3-2012: “To close certain City streets for the following event: New Haven Hose Halloween Parade on Tuesday, October 30th beginning at 7 PM. Parade to begin at Green Street by Presbyterian Church and South Side Grocer from Green Street down South Pittsburgh Street to Brimstone Corner, left through town and over bridge to Seventh Street, and ending at New Haven Hose Company; pending approval of Police Chief and PennDOT.”

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

Resolution No. 9-4-2012: “To set Trick or Treat in the City for Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 4 PM - 6 PM.”

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

Resolution No. 9-5-2012: “To close North Arch street (Veteran’s Plaza) beginning at noon until 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 22, 2012 for Connellsville's Congressional Medal of Honor Dedication ceremony.”

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

Resolution No. 9-6-2012: “To approve the Bench Improvement Program of Downtown Connellsville; as described in the materials submitted to the City, at no cost to the City.”

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

Matthews announced City Council will still have control of the Community Center even though there may be a board. He added there were eight citizens interested in being part of the board and council feels they are all qualified. Council decided, Matthews added, to form an eight person Advisory Board.

Resolution No. 9-7-2012: “To establish a Community Center Advisory Board under the direction of City Council, consisting of eight members appointed by City Council, with staggered, five-year terms (such that the initial eight members shall be appointed for two, two, three, four, and five year terms, respectively), and until his or her successor shall have been appointed, or until his or her earlier death, resignation, or removal by City Council for any reason in which event a successor shall be appointed for the remaining term, to serve in an advisory capacity to City Council for the administration of the Community Center property and with no power or authority to bind or to act on behalf of the City of Connellsville.”

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

Matthews asked Councilman Ritch to be the overseer of this board since he has worked countless hours for the Community Center and is the Director of Public Property.

Resolution No. 9-8-2012: “To appoint Ron Michaux and Jim McIntire as a member of the Connellsville Greater Community Center Advisory Board for an initial one year term.”

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

Resolution No. 9-9-2012: “To appoint Kathy Vozar McCombie and Dolores Tissue as a member of the Connellsville Greater Community Center Advisory Board for an initial two year term.”

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

Resolution No. 9-10-2012: “To appoint Patty Firestone & Gary Colatch as a member of the Connellsville Greater Community Center Advisory Board for an initial three year term.”

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

Resolution No. 9-11-2012: “To appoint Robin Bubarth as a member of the Connellsville Greater Community Center Advisory Board for an initial four year term.”

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

Resolution No. 9-12-2012: “To appoint Sue Wagner as a member of the Connellsville Greater Community Center Advisory Board for an initial five year term.”

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

Ritch stated the Advisory Board will be City Council’s “eyes and ears”. He added its Council’s goal to make the center a viable entity to the community. Ritch asked that anyone who has an idea to better the center to come forward and he will discuss that idea with them.

Resolution No. 9-13-2012: “To appoint Kenny Brooks as a voting member of the Connellsville Recreation Board, term to expire January 1, 2014.”

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

Resolution No. 9-14-2012: “To extend the term of current Recreation Board voting member Michael McKitrick, term to expire January 1, 2015.”

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

Ritch noted Mr. Keedy has done a lot for the board. He further added he will not turn down anyone willing to help the City.

Resolution No. 9-15-2012: “To appoint Ethan Keedy as a non-voting member of the Connellsville Recreation Board, term to expire January 1, 2014.”

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

Resolution No. 9-16-2012: “To appoint David Reed as a non-voting member of the Connellsville Recreation Board, term to expire January 1, 2014.”

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

Ritch announced that the past few months Mr. Reed has completely supported the board and they have overwhelmingly accepted him. “I am glad to have him.” Rich added.

REMINDERS:

Medal of Honor Dedication, Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM, City Plaza
City-wide Clean-up Day, Saturday, October 13th
Fall Foliage, Sunday, October 14th, Yough Park, 11 AM – 5 PM
Trick or Treat, Sunday, October 28th, 4 PM – 6 PM
Halloween Parade, Tuesday, October 30th at 7 PM
Falcon Fitness 5K Run and Walk, Saturday, November 3rd at 10 AM
Christmas in Yough Park, Saturday, November 17th
Light up Night, Saturday, November 17th and parade

Matthews thanked the Garden Club, Downtown Group and Cultural Trust for the Mum Festival.

Matthews then thanked Geno Gallo and the Sustainability Program they put on Saturday.

Matthews noted there is much going on in the City and will continue to be. He also stated he is thankful to everyone helping in the City and all the positives going on in the City.

GEYER:

Resolution No. 9-17-2012: "To transfer $3,000 from line item #01409- 140, Custodian/Maintenance to the City of Connellsville / Connellsville Community Center Account as a temporary transfer to cover payments of bills and expenses of the Greater Connellsville Community Center.”

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

Resolution No. 9-18-2012: “To advertise to schedule Budget Meetings on the following date(s): October 2, 2012, October 23, 2012, November 6, 2012 and November 20, 2012 at 6:00 PM in City Council Chambers.”

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

KARPIAK:

Public Works Reports

Resolution No. 9-19-2012: “To reappoint Geno Gallo as Sustainability Coordinator for a two year term; this is a volunteer position and will expire the first Monday in June 2014.”

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

Karpiak thanked the Connellsville School Board for their actions and non-actions on not taking down the TEN COMMANDMENTS.

WEAVER:

Health Department Report Fire Department Report New Haven Hose Report

Resolution No. 9-20-2012: “To move $350 from line item #230, Planning and Zoning Expense, to line item # 244, Fuel.”

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

Weaver announced Downtown Connellsville will be holding a Business Mixer Monday night at the Carnegie Library from 5:30 PM till 7:30 PM.

She then announced Wesley Health Center will be having their second free flu shot on September 29th from 9 AM until 1 PM. Weaver said it doesn’t matter if you have insurance or not, the shot is free.

RITCH:

Community Center Report

Ritch thanked Vernon Ohler, George Kosisko and the maintenance men for always helping out there.

Ritch also thanked Steve Comforti for volunteering at the Community Center. Ritch further thanked the Mayor and Councilwoman Weaver for cleaning and helping at the center.

Ritch stated Council will be sending out thank you letters and one will be Nicholas Jacobansky who built a pavilion at Austin Park. He said another letter will go to Mike Parlak for the Medal Of Honor Memorial.

Ritch announced Connellsville's Congressional Medal of Honor Dedication on Sep 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM on the City Plaza.

Resolution No. 9-21-2012: “To dedicate the Tennis Courts at East Park in the name of Emmett Hicks, a tennis advocate and coach to local youth for over fifty years at the East Park courts, by permitting John Trump to place or affix a commemorative aluminum plaque (24 by 18 inches) on the tennis court fence near the pavilions, at no cost to the City.”

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

Resolution No. 9-22-2012: "To grant Sustainable Connellsville the use of Yough Park, including the pavilions, stage, and concession building, on October 13, 2012, between noon and midnight for its Tangled Up in Brew event, and to grant Sustainable Connellsville permission to allow participating brewers to provide beer samples to participants, on the conditions that 1) Sustainable Connellsville obtain all necessary state and local permits, 2) all participants are required to be age 21 or older and show proper identification, 3) Sustainable Connellsville arranges for reasonable and appropriate security for the event, 4) Sustainable Connellsville obtains appropriate liability insurance acceptable to the City in form and amount for the event, and 5) Sustainable Connellsville agrees to abide by, and have all participants abide by, any further regulations or requirements of the City."

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

Resolution No. 9-23-2012: “To accept the resignation of Anna Ruth Green from the Senior Citizens Board of Directors effective immediately.”

Ritch thanked Ms. Green noting she has worked very hard to improve the Senior Center. He added her health hasn’t been the best so now she needs to step aside.

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

Resolution No. 9-24-2012: “To increase the independent contractors compensation under section five of that certain Independent Contractor Agreement with Lori Kosisko to $1,240.00 per month.”

Ritch announced her hours were increased and she is paid out of the rent monies received from the Community Center. He added she is not a City employee; she is an employee of the Community Center.

Matthews stated in the long run, the City will be saving about $600 to $700 a month in Community Center monies with the new contracts.

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

Resolution No. 9-25-2012: “To enter into an independent contractor agreement with Gerald R. Barker, Jr., for maintenance and repair of the Community Center building in the amount of $770.00 per month.”

Ritch announced Mr. Barker is a retired military person and has heating/air conditioning, electrical and contracting experience. He added the City will get more from him than what he is contracted to do.

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

Geyer stated he had a request from Frank and Nancy Jacobansky wanting permission for their sons to put a plaque on the Austin Playground fence for the work that they did on their Eagle Scout Projects.

Ritch answered that did come to the Recreation Board and they feel it is a great gesture. He added Council needs to send a letter of thanks.

CITY TREASURER REPORT:

CITY CONTROLLER REPORT:

Resolution No. 9-26-2012: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on October 17, 2012 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

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

Resolution No. 9-27-2012: “That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.”

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

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