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March 8, 2007 Council Meeting Minutes

This regular meeting of the Connellsville City Council was held this evening at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Municipal Building, and 110 North Arch Street, Connellsville, PA. Attending this meeting were Mayor Reed, Council Members McIntire, Matthews, Geyer and Bodes. Also attending this meeting were, City Clerk Antoinette Tesauro, Treasurer Keller, and City Solicitor Mundorff.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance.

Proclamations:

Public Comment:

Don and Vickie Jolliffe, 620 S. 13th Street, they had a complaint about the street that they live on is not paved, and they want something to be done with the condition of it.

Regular Agenda:

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-1-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To accept the minutes from the February 13, 2007 City Council Meeting."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-1-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, Geyer, Matthews, McIntire, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Correspondence:

Tesauro read a letter from the Bi-centennial committee stating that it will no longer exist and it also expressed the enjoyable experience that they had over the past year.

Department Reports:

Mayor Reed read a letter about the St. Patrick's Day Time capsule burial that will take place at City Hall on March 17, 2007.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-2-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To declare that Saturday, March 17, Saint Patrick's Day, 2007 be the official closing of the Bicentennial activities for the City of Connellsville. At 2:00 PM the official procession will begin at Fink's Funeral Home and arrive at city hall for the burial of the Connellsville's Bicentennial Time Capsule. The funeral shall be a happy event with music and families are encouraged to walk in the parade/procession following the Time Capsule Vault. Children are encouraged to decorate and display an umbrella and enjoy the ceremony."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-2-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Matthews, Bodes, and Reed. Nay vote was Geyer. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-3-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To propose the naming of the city owned roadway in front of Martin's Grocery Store as Stewart's Crossing. The name depicts the location of this most important historic site."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-3-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, Matthews, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-4-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To authorize the City of Connellsville's acceptance of the caboose located on West Crawford Avenue donated by Randy Strickler and to authorize the relocation of said caboose onto city owned property beside the Yough River Bike Trail. Cost for removing and relocating is $2,600.00, money to be taken from Miscellaneous Contingencies, upon solicitors review."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-4-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Bodes, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed was to read Resolution No. 3-5-07, but did not: This resolution was "to accept the 2006 annual audit from city controller, Jean Wrote, for public review and inspection and submission to the state Department of Community and Economic Development."

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-6-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To permit the Connellsville Area Ministerial Association to hold their annual community Palm Sunday March on Sunday, April 1, 2007. Worshippers will proceed from South, North, East and West and converge at Lion's Square and gazebo."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-6-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Geyer, Bodes, Matthews, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-7-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To appoint Daniel Cocks to the Planning Commission, term to expire 1-2008."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-7-06 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Bodes, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-8-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To appoint Robert McLuckey to the Connellsville Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors, term to expire January, 2009. To make the following reappointment to the Connellsville Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors: Anna Ruth Green, term to expire January, 2012 Dorothy Vise, term to expire January, 2012."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-8-06 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Matthews, Bodes, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-9-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To authorize Glenn Wolfe of Widmer Engineering to apply for a Growing Greener Grant of behalf of the City of Connellsville."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-9-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-10-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To continue efforts maintaining that the agreement of 1936 between Fayette County and the city of Connellsville be followed. The name of the airport shall be The Connellsville Airport even in the event of a sale."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-10-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Bodes, Geyer, and Reed. Nay vote was Matthews. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-11-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To authorize the City Tax Office to increase the fee for Tax Certification Letters to $25.00."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-11-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, Matthews, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-12-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To authorize the City Treasurer to turn over all delinquent City Per Capita Taxes for 2004 and 2005 to the Central Tax Bureau on July 2, 2007. This cut off date would give residents until June 29, 2007 to pay the delinquent taxes without incurring additional fees imposed by the Central Tax Bureau."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-12-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, Matthews, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-13-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To authorize the signing of the road closing request form as required by Penn DOT to close Crawford Avenue between Arch Street and Pittsburgh Street for the Third Annual Geranium Festival and festivities on Saturday May 26, 2007. Requesting that the street be blocked off from Friday evening after 9 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday evening. Pending review by Connellsville Police and Penn DOT approval."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-13-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-14-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To authorize the signing of the road closing request form as required by Penn DOT to close certain streets for the Memorial Day Parade and Program on May 28, 2007. The parade will form on the West Side at 9:30 a.m. and move to the bridge portion of the program at 10 a.m., proceeding to the Memorial. Pending review by Connellsville Police and Penn DOT approval."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-14-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-15-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To advertise to accept sealed bids for the sale of the 2002 Chevy Impala Police vehicle until April 10, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. Vehicle will be sold As Is."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-15-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-16-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "WHEREAS, under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is authorized to extend financial assistance to Communities for activities which will benefit low and moderate income families, aid in the elimination or prevention of slums or urban blight or other urgent community needs; and

WHEREAS, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has invited the City to submit an application in the approximate amount of $ 364,000 for financial assistance under its Fiscal Year 2007 Community Development Block Grant Program; and

WHEREAS, the City has met all the citizens participation requirements relative to the Community Development Block Grant Program submission; and

WHEREAS, the City has prepared a Three Year Plan and Statement of Objectives as required by DCED; and

WHEREAS, the City has prepared and application for Financial Assistance under the 2007 Community Development Block Grant Program, said application having been duly reviewed and considered by the Council of the City of Connellsville.

1. That the Community Development Block Grant Program Application dated March 2007 is hereby in all respects approved. The City Clerk is hereby directed to file a copy of said program and application with the minutes of this meeting.

2. That it is cognizant of the conditions that are imposed in the undertaking and carrying out of community development activities with Federal/State financial assistance under Title I, including those under Title VI relating to the prohibition of discrimination because of race, color, creed, or national origin and other implementation of the program.

3. That the Mayor, on behalf of Council, is authorized to file an Application for Financial Assistance to carry out the Community Development Block Grant Program and act as the authorized representative for the City.

4. That the Mayor, on behalf of the City Council is hereby authorized to provide such assurance and/or certification as may be required by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and any supplemental or revised data which DCED may request in connection with its review of the application and including any revisions necessary to bring the application into conformity with DCED's final grant for the City."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-16-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, and Reed. Nay votes were Matthews and Geyer. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-17-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "Whereas the City of Connellsville, Connellsville Township and South Connellsville Borough have discussed the possibility of governmental cooperation in the creation of a regional plan;

Whereas these municipalities share many common characteristics such as a rural environment, a strong agricultural base, increasing development pressure, growing traffic, and limited infrastructure;

Whereas the municipalities believe the development of a regional comprehensive plan is a reasonable first step in applying innovative land development and conservation techniques in dealing with growth, natural resources, preservation challenges, and issues of redevelopment and brownfield restoration;

Whereas, in June 2000, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania created amendments to the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code that give new tools to municipalities for development and implementation of regional and County Plans;

Whereas, Connellsville wishes to join with neighboring municipalities in the northern tier of Fayette County in the development of a regional comprehensive plan that fulfills the requirements of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code and takes advantage of certain regional provisions offered in the June 2000 amendments to the planning code;

Whereas, priority financial assistance is available to municipalities for joint planning through the Pennsylvania "State Planning Assistance Grant" program;

and Whereas the Fayette County Planning Commission has previously agreed to assist the northern tier municipalities in the development of a request for proposals (RFP) and a grant application to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Now, Therefore be it resolved, that the city of Connellsville

concurs in the need for a regional comprehensive plan for the northern tier area of the Fayette County and agrees to participate in the preparation of such a plan, concurs that the comprehensive plan should achieve compatibility of land use patterns across municipal boundaries and should achieve consistency with the County Comprehensive Plan, authorizes the Fayette County Planning Commission staff to prepare a request for proposals (RFP) and a grant application on behalf of the cooperating municipalities, pledges to share in projects costs in accord with a mutually agreed cost schedule and cost sharing proposal; appoints a representative to a mutually agreed organization for the purpose of:

developing a project budget and schedule, approving a consultant scope of work, selecting a project consultant, working with the consultant on development of the regional comprehensive plan.

Will adopt the comprehensive plan and will use it to update municipal zoning, subdivision regulations and such other municipal codes and ordinances that are relevant to achieve consistency with the comprehensive plan."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-17-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-18-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To authorize an environmental grant application to American Water on behalf of the City of Connellsville. Whereas, American Water's environmental grants support innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore and/or protect watersheds and community water supplies through partnerships."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-18-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-19-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To pay all bills as presented including all bills and expenditures for goods and services that exceed $500.00 for the month of March 2007."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-19-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Geyer stated that a monthly report for his department is available upon request.

Geyer introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-20-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To create a substitute employee list for the Connellsville Recreation Department. Employees will be "on call" and will work on an as needed basis at the discretion of the Recreation Department Foreman. Employees will be paid $7.00 per hour. There are no benefits with these positions."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-20-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Geyer introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-21-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To add Zachary Leonard, Kevin Ansell, Paul Traynor, and Ronald O'Nell to the part-time substitute employee list for the Connellsville Recreation Department."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-21-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Matthews stated that a monthly report for his department is available upon request.

McIntire stated that a monthly report for his department is available upon request.

City Controller Wrote Report:

City Controller Wrote submitted a report to the Mayor, Council Members and Administrative Secretary. Available Upon Request

City Treasurer Keller Report:

City Treasurer Keller submitted a report to the Mayor, Council Members and Administrative Secretary. Available Upon Request

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 3-22-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "That this meeting of City council does hereby adjourn."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 3-22-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Bodes, Geyer, McIntire and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Katrina Angel,
Administrative Secretary

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