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September 19, 2007 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, 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, Police Captain, Ed McSheffrey, and Glenn Wolfe from Widmer Engineering.

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

Proclamations:

Celebration of life - Bunny Betters

Business Professional Women Week - October 14 - 20, 2007

Thank you Senator J. Williams Lincoln

Public Comment:

First public comment was from Joe Homan of RDM, the Early Intervention Program; with a power point presentation of how the City of Connellsville should be ran.

Second public comment was from Dan Smartoff of Maguire Group, he spoke of the work that will be done on the Memorial Bridge Project.

Third public comment was from James Edwards, of 507 South Pittsburgh Street, he spoke of the Fair-Weather Lodge, a mentally disabled home going to be located at 508 South Pittsburgh Street, and how he does not oppose this house just the way that action was taken to have it located at this location.

Fourth public comment was from Wally Schroyer, of 707 Davidson Avenue, he spoke of his concerns with the city financial situation.

Fifth public comment was from Mark Metzger, of 238 East Apple Street, he spoke of the tractor trailer parked along Wills Road and also a problem that he has been having with water running onto his property when it rains hard.

The City is going to look into the above comments to see what can be done about these problems.

Regular Agenda:

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 9-1-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To accept the minutes from the August 17, 2007 City Council Meeting."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 9-1-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, and Reed. Geyer voted nay due to his absence of the last meeting. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Correspondence:

First piece of correspondence Tesauro read was a resignation letter from Detective Lt. James Bielecki.

Department Reports:

Mayor Reed discussed the following issues:

  • Police Report
  • Parking on the sidewalks
  • Many thanks
  • Keep up the "clean up"

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 9-2-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To authorize an internship with Nancy Kleba, Laurel Institute Business Student, at no cost to the city."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 9-2-07 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. 9-3-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To authorize the signing of road closing request forms as required by Penn DOT to close off the following streets:

To close certain streets for the annual Halloween Parade, sponsored by New Haven Hose, on Tuesday, October 30, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. Street closures to begin at 6:30 pm."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 9-3-07 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. 9-4-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To designate Sunday, October 28, 2007 as Trick or Treat time for the children of Connellsville. Participating residents are asked to turn their porch light on from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m."

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 9-5-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To table Resolution No. 9-4-07."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 9-5-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Geyer, Bodes, McIntire 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. 9-6-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To acceptance the resignation of Detective Lt. James Bielecki effective September 30, 2007."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 9-6-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Bodes, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes wanted the public to know that the Connellsville website is finally complete, although there are a few things not on it yet it is pretty much done, the address is: connellsville.org. Also he stated a few of his thoughts on the Early Intervention Program.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 9-7-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To amend Ordinance No. 1448 Bill #4 of 2006, increase the annual EMS tax from $40 to $52, as recommended by RDM, consultants to the City under the Early Intervention Plan."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 9-7-06 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Bodes, and Reed. Nay votes were Geyer and Matthews. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 9-8-07, 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 August 2007."

  • Matthew Franckiewicz, Arbitrator, for the City of Connellsville & Connellsville Police Officers' Association for $3,252.98
  • City Auto for replacement of transmission and maintenance for car 30, brakes, inspection, alignment, battery replacement, maintenance and a starter for car 22 for $2,237.79.
  • US Municipal Supply for many county signs in the amount of $3,258.20.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 9-8-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Bodes, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 9-9-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To transfer a total of $1,780.66 from the Investment Account to the General Fund to pay interest and penalty payments on the 2004 MMO money deposited late."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 9-9-07 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. 9-10-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To make interest and penalty payments out of the General Fund to the Fireman's Pension Plan in the amount of $1,780.66."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 9-10-07 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. 9-11-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To appoint Mayor Judy Reed to the Connellsville Municipal Authority, term to expire January 2012."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 9-11-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, and Reed. Nay votes were Geyer and Matthews. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 9-12-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To hold five budget meetings on October 1st at 5:30pm, October 5th at10:00 a.m., October 8th at 5:30 pm, October 12th at 10:00 a.m., and October 15th at 5:30 pm, in order to prepare the budget for 2008."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 9-12-07 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.

Mr. Geyer wanted to note that the Yough Park restrooms will be closed Monday October 1, 2007 and to thank the Street Department for pulling out sign posts. Mr. Geyer also wanted to wish George Kosisko a speedy recovery with his surgery.

Geyer introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 9-13-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To add Kevin Ansell to the substitute employee list for the Connellsville Recreation Department."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 9-13-07 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.

McIntire introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 9-14-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To direct the City Solicitor to research the possibility of limiting the number of group homes within the City limits and also limit the linear distance between group homes and private residences."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 9-14-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

McIntire introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 9-15-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To direct the City Solicitor to investigate the prospect of originating a landlord and renter ordinance in the City to protect landlords, tenants and the status of the City."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 9-15-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted

City Treasurer Keller Report:

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

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

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 9-16-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "That this meeting of City council does hereby adjourn."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 9-16-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, Matthews, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Meeting adjourned at 10:20 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Katrina Angel,
Administrative Secretary

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