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December 16, 2008 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 were Mayor Reed, Council Members McIntire, Geyer, Matthews, and Bodes. Also attending this meeting were, City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Bowlen.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance which was lead by the boy scouts.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Yvonne Rush, 303 East Cedar Avenue, Connellsville.
Judy Keller, City Tax Collector.

CORRESPONDENCE: AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST: No correspondence came in for this meeting.

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 12-1-08: "To accept the minutes from the November 13, 2008 City Council Meeting."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Geyer, Bodes, McIntire, Matthews and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

MAYOR REED:

Flu shots available free of charge at the Wesley Health Center

Thank everyone for contributing to the Charette, especially the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Environmental Council, Progress Fund/Trail Towns Program, Community Foundation of Fayette/Fayette Growth Fund, Connellsville Redevelopment Authority, Residents of the City that attended and the architects and artists.

Thank you Jr. High West students, Mrs. Rush, and others for Christmas decorations in the G C Murphy Building and the flowers.

Thank Chamber of Commerce for Christmas in the Park, New Haven Hose Volunteers for children's Christmas party, parade and fireworks.

Workshop on Friday, December 19th at 10:00 am in Council Chambers to discuss a landlord ordinance based on The Burwick Ordinance. The public is invited; landlords, tenants and neighbors.

Police Department Report.

Resolution No 12-2-08: "To set the meeting time and place for the City Council Meetings of the City of Connellsville for 2009 to the following: Tuesday, January 13, Thursdays: February 19, March 5, April 16, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 12, and Tuesday, December 15, 2009. Meetings will be held in the Municipal Building, 110 North Arch Street and begin at 7:00 p.m. Executive sessions for personnel and legal issues will begin at 6:00 p.m. prior to each meeting."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Geyer, Bodes, McIntire and Reed. Matthews voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 12-3-08: "To authorize the agreement between the City of Connellsville and Pashek Associates, Limited, for professional services as part of the Gateway to Gateway project."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Geyer, Bodes, Matthews, McIntire and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution 12-4-08: "To appoint Linda Galiardi to the Shade Tree Commission, term to expire the first Monday of 2014."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Geyer, Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 12-5-08: "To reappoint Doug Wissler to the Shade Tree Commission, term to expire the first Monday of 2011."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Geyer, Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 12-6-08: "To accept the letter of resignation from Solicitor Tom Bowlen, effective December 31, 2008, who is retiring from Law at the end of the year."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Geyer, Matthews, Bodes, McIntire and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 12-7-08: "To adopt an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 1412 being the Police Pension Plan, to bring said Ordinance into compliance with the collective bargaining agreement between the City and its police officers and Section 4302.1 of the Third Class City Code."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Geyer, Bodes, McIntire and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Bodes:

Resolution No. 12-8-08: "To pay all bills/expenditures in excess of $500.00; City Auto, front end repairs to Truck #1, $1,698.77, The HDH Group, Liability Ins., $532.00, Krumanacker Electric, traffic control, $1,229.64, U S Municipal Supply, 19 watch children signs, $1,235.00."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Geyer, Bodes, McIntire and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 12-9-08: "To read quotes received for a Tax Anticipation Loan for the year 2009, in the amount of $450,000.00."

PNC was the only quote received at 3.15% which is less than it was last year.

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Geyer, Bodes, McIntire and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 12-10-08: "To enter into a Tax Anticipation Loan Agreement for the year 2009 in the amount of $450,000 with PNC Bank at the rate of 3.15% interest for 12 months."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Bodes, Geyer, McIntire and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 12-11-08: "To read sealed bids received for the annual audit for the City of Connellsville for the fiscal year(s) 2008, 2009, and 2010 or the 2008 annual audit service only."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Geyer, Bodes, Matthews, McIntire and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Case Sabatini, $9,175.00, for 2008 - 2010.

Resolution No. 12-12-08: "To accept the bid of Case Sabatini in the amount of $9,175.00 for the annual audit for the City of Connellsville for the fiscal year(s) 2008 2010."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, Geyer, Matthews, McIntire and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 12-13-08: "To adopt proposed Ordinance #1465, Bill No. 1 of 2008, AN ORDINANCE FIXING THE SALARIES PAYABLE BY THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE FOR THE VARIOUS POSITIONS ENUMERATED HEREIN FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2009, AND REPAEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES INCONSISTENT HEREWITH."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, Matthews, and Reed. Geyer voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 12-14-08: "To adopt Ordinance #1466, BILL NO. #2 OF 2008 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, COUNTY OF FAYETTE, AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, FIXING THE REAL ESTATE TAX RATE AND RESIDENCE TAX RATE FOR ALL CITY PURPOSES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2009, AND REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES INCONSISTENT HEREWITH."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Geyer, Bodes, McIntire and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 12-15-08: "To adopt proposed Ordinance #1467, Bill No. #3 of 2008, AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, SHOWING THE ESTIMATED RECEIPTS, EXPENDITURES, AND LIABILITIES OF EVERY KIND FOR ALL THE FUNDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2009 WITH THE BALANCE OF UNEXPENDED APPROPRIATIONS AS THE BASIS FOR FIXING THE LEVY AND TAX RATE FOR SAID FISCAL, YEAR APPROPRIATING THE VARIOUS AMOUNTS SHOWN AS PROPOSED EXPENDITURES HEREIN FOR THE EXPENSES OF THE CITY FOR SAID FISCAL YEAR FROM THE REVENUE AVAILABLE FOR SAID FISCAL YEAR FOR THE DEPARTMENTS, BUREAUS, AND SPECIFIC PURPOSES SET FORTH HEREIN, AND THE REPEALING OF ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES INCONSISTANT HEREWITH."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, Matthews, McIntire and Reed. Geyer voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 12-16-08: "To authorize the Director of Accounts and Finance to transfer money as necessary from the Parking and Revitalization PLIGIT Account and/or Capital Reserve PLGIT Account to the General Fund for whatever general purpose City Council deems as in the best interest of the City, to meet unexpected expenditures and financial obligations of the City until January 15, 2009."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, Geyer, McIntire and Reed. Matthews voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No 12-17-08: "To authorize the payment of $3,500 to Fayette Golf Cart Company for the purchase of a golf cart for use in Yough Park, with funds from the Progress Fund and the Grace B. Turner endowment. There is no cost to tax payers for this purchase."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, McIntire, and Reed. Matthews and Geyer voted no. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

GEYER:

Recreation Report

Resolution No. 12-18-08: "That pursuant to the request of George Kosisko and the need of the Street Department for additional labor, George Kosisko be and is hereby transferred from the Recreation Department to the Street Department effective January 1, 2009. Mr. Kosisko shall retain all seniority attained during his years of employment with the City. Written notice of this transfer shall be given to the local representative of the Union representing each Department."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, McIntire, and Geyer. Reed and Bodes voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 12-19-08: "To combine the Recreation Department and Street Department on call lists effective January 1, 2009."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, Geyer, Matthews, McIntire and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

MATTHEWS:

Street Department Report

Resolution No. 12-20-08: "To approve the following name to the Street Department's substitute list: Edward Filburn of Connellsville."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Bodes, Geyer, Matthews, McIntire and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 12-21-08: "To open the sealed bids for the purchase of one eight foot and one nine foot snowplow and one four cubic yard stainless steel salt spreader for use by the Street Department."

Dejana Truck, $16,905.00
Zoresco, $15,415.00
US Municipal, $16,806.75

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Geyer, Matthews, Bodes, McIntire and Reed. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 12-22-08: "To accept the bid from Zoresco in the amount of $15,415.00 for the purchase of one eight foot and one nine foot snowplow and one four cubic yard stainless steel salt spreader for use by the Street Department.

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative: Matthews, Reed, Bodes, McIntire, and Geyer. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

Resolution No. 12-23-08: "To promote David M. Weimer from Operator/Driver to Painter/Driver and to promote Marc J. Soisson from Laborer to Operator/Driver effective January 1, 2009."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative: Reed, Bodes, Matthews, McIntire, and Geyer. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

McINTIRE:

Fire Department Report
New Haven Hose Report

CITY TREASURER KELLER'S REPORT:

CONTROLLER WROTE'S REPORT:

Resolution No. 12-24-08: "That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn."

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative: Reed, Bodes, Matthews, McIntire, and Geyer. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution were adopted.

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