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March 5, 2009 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 was City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Mitchell.

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

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Yvonne Rush, CDBG money
Tom Karpiak, garbage rates
Judy Keller, annual audit
Goldie Brown, condition of City
Richard Schleuhauf, landlord ordinance

CORRESPONDENCE: AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST:

CAHS Patriots, Inc., Support our Troops

Connellsville Area Ministerial Association, Palm Sunday March, Sunday April 5th at 12:15 PM

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 3-1-09: "To accept the minutes from the February 19, 2009 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:

Central Fellowship Church, as part of their Community Outreach Program, will hold their annual Clean-Up Day on Saturday, March 28th

Wesley Church "Spaghetti Dinner" will be held on Saturday, April 18th

Community Yard and Sidewalk Sale, which is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Saturday, May 2nd

Spring Clean-up Day by the City's garbage company, Veolia, will be held on May 9th

Connellsville's Timber Days, which is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Saturday, September 5th

Position on City school closings

Police Department Report

Mayor Reed clarified the Landlord Ordinance.

Resolution No 3-2-09: "To authorize the advertisement and sale of the Police Department 1998 Jeep Cherokee to be sold as is. Sealed bids will be accepted until 3 PM on April 16, 2009."

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 No. 3-3-09: "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 $ 340,000 for financial assistance under its Fiscal Year 2009 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 an application for Financial Assistance under the 2009 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 2009 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 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.

Bodes:

Resolution 3-4-09: "To pay Mockenhaupt Benefits Group $150.00 for consulting, actuarial and administrative services through January 31, 2009 for the Police Pension Plan, to be paid from Pension Assets."

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.

FOR THE RECORD: The 2008 Annual Audit was not presented to City Council, as due, the first meeting in March 2009 by Jean Wrote, City Controller.

GEYER:

Street/Recreation Report

MATTHEWS:

Resolution No. 3-5-09: "To add Ernie Ruggieri to the Street/Recreation on-call list."

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. 3-6-09: "To authorize the City Clerk to advertise to sell for the following equipment:

  • 1999 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck:
    V6 4 Speed Manual Transmission W/OD
    71109 Miles

  • 1990 Ford F-150
    V6 4 Speed Manual Transmission
    45340 Miles

  • 1977 Caterpillar 920 Front End Loader
    4 cylinder Diesel 1.5 cubic yard bucket
    6495 Hours

  • 1977 Lee-Boy Self Propelled Paver
    2 cylinder gas engine

Equipment will be sold "as is." Sealed bids will be accepted until 3 PM on April 16, 2009."

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. 3-7-09: "To advertise for sealed bids for the Street Department Paving Program. Sealed bids to be turned into the City Clerk's office by 3 PM on May 14, 2009 and opened at City Council meeting on

May 14, 2009. Bids must include a Bid Bond in the amount of 10% of their bid."

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.

MCINTIRE:

Health Officer's Report

CITY TREASURER KELLER'S REPORT:

CONTROLLER WROTE'S REPORT:

Resolution No. 3-8-09: "That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn."

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.

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