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October 9, 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 and City Treasurer Judy Keller.

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

Proclamations:

Business Professional Women Week — October 14 - 20, 2007

Public Comment:

First public comment was from Melissa Tzan, 1116 Race Street, Connellsville, spoke about the rumor of the closing of South Side School. She put a petition sheet at City Hall if anyone wants to come in and sign it.

Second pubic comment was from Tom Karpiak, 211 Perry Street, Connellsville, spoke of the Landlord Ordinance that council spoke of at the last meeting.

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. 10-1-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To accept the minutes from the September 19, 2007 City Council Meeting."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 10-1-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, Matthews, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Correspondence:

Tesauro read the first piece of correspondence, Public Announcement about the City of Connellsville MS4 Program.

Tesauro read the second piece of correspondence, resignation letter from Administrative Secretary Katrina Angel.

Tesauro read the third piece of correspondence, resignation letter from part-time Tax Clerk Barbara Hennessey.

Tesauro read the fourth piece of correspondence, a thank you letter from City Church of Connellsville to the Connellsville Senior Citizens Board of Directors.

Department Reports:

Mayor Reed discussed the following issues:

Police Report

Penn DOT meetings October 11, Public Officials, 119

October 24, Connellsville City Hall-Memorial Bridge 6-8 p.m.

Arch Street resurfacing — CDBG funds

13th Annual Fall Foliage Ride, October 21, 2007 at 1:00 p.m.

City financial status

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 10-2-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To authorize the closing of certain streets for:

  • Annual Christmas Parade, November 17th sponsored by New Haven Volunteer Fire Dept.

Christmas in the Park, November 17th, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce

  • The Falcon Fitness 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 27, 2007, at 8:00 a.m., using the Woodruff Course.

Street closings are contingent upon approval from Penn Dot and city police department."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 10-2-07 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. 10-3-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To accept the resignation of city Administrative Secretary, Katrina Angel, effective October 19, 2007."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 10-3-07 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. 10-4-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To accept the resignation of Tax Office Clerk, Barbara Hennessey effective October 5, 2007."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 10-4-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Geyer, Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Reed introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 10-5-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To designate Sunday, October 28, 2007 as Trick or Treat time for the children of Connellsville. Participating residents are asked to turn on their porch light from 6:00 -8:00 p.m."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 10-5-07 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.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 10-6-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To transfer $14,407.49 from the PLIGIT Investment Account to be paid into the police and firefighters pension fund to meet the city's MMO obligation."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 10-6-06 resulted as follows: Affirmative were McIntire, Bodes, Geyer, Matthews, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 10-7-07, 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 September, 2007."

  • To pay $190,759.00 into the Police and Fire Pension Plans in order to satisfy the 2007 Minimum Municipal Obligations (MMO). The amount includes the $176,351.51 General Municipal Pension System State Aid as received from the Pennsylvania Auditor Generals Office and $14,407.49 to be taken from PLIGIT Investment Account. $160,791.00 to be deposited in the Police Pension Plan from line item 5-01-02-410-000-160 and $29,968.00 to be deposited in the Fire Pension Plan from line item 5-01-02-411-000-160."
  • To pay Golden Eagle Construction $1,287.85 for one cold patch.
  • To pay Robinson Pipe Cleaning $850.00 for the cleaning of a storm sewer.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 10-7-07 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. 10-8-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "The City of Connellsville is seeking quotes for a Tax Anticipation Loan for the year 2008. The amount of the loan is yet to be determined. We are asking that quotes be submitted by December 13, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. All quotes must be sealed and marked as "Tax Anticipation Quote 2008" on the outside of the envelope."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 10-8-07 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. 10-9-07, which was seconded by Geyer: "To rescind Resolution No. 9-11-07."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 10-9-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, Geyer, and Reed. Nay votes were Matthews and McIntire. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Bodes introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 10-10-07, which was seconded by McIntire: "To advertise to accept sealed bids for conducting the annual audit for the City of Connellsville for fiscal years 2008, 2009, and 2010. Bidders have the option of bidding for the three (3) year term or for the 2008 annual audit service only. Bids will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2007."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 10-10-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Geyer, Matthews, 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 read a letter from the CAHS Patriots regarding raising money for the troops over seas. And has asked if anyone would be willing to donate a $25.00 fee to support the group. Forms will be available at City Hall.

Matthews stated that a monthly report for his department was not available at the time of the meeting.

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

McIntire introduced and moved adoption of Resolution No. 10-11-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "To authorize the payment of $32,220.50 to the New Haven Hose Volunteer Fire Department. This is the annual allotment to the Volunteer Relief Association from the Pennsylvania State Auditor General's Office."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 10-11-07 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. 10-12-07, which was seconded by Geyer: "To suspend the four (4) day notice rule in order to: To advertise to accept applications for the position of temporary part-time tax clerk. Position pays $7.50 /hr and is not subject to any benefits. Deadline to apply is Oct 19, 2007 at 5:00 pm. Applications to be sent to the attention of the City Treasurer, Tax Office, 110 N Arch St.

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 10-12-07 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. 10-13-07, which was seconded by Geyer: "To advertise to accept applications for the position of temporary part-time tax clerk. Position pays $7.50 /hr and is not subject to any benefits. Deadline to apply is Oct 19, 2007 at 5:00 pm. Applications to be sent to the attention of the City Treasurer, Tax Office, 110 N Arch St."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 10-13-07 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. 10-14-07, which was seconded by Bodes: "That this meeting of City council does hereby adjourn."

A vote upon the adoption of Resolution No. 10-14-07 resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, Matthews, McIntire, Geyer, and Reed. The majority of the vote being affirmative, the Resolution was adopted.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Katrina Angel,
Administrative Secretary

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