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April 16, 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:

Peter J. Jandura, Jr., Connellsville, City wide code enforcement issues
Paul Dascani, Connellsville, Landlord Ordinance
Judy Keller, Tax Collector, Agenda items,
Michael Comiskey, Connellsville, Yough River, proposed mine, Amerko/with maps
Tom Karpiak, Connellsville, Landlord Ordinance

CORRESPONDENCE: AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST:

Connellsville Area Ministerial Association, Day of Prayer on May 7th, 2009

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 4-1-09: "To accept the minutes from the March 5, 2009 City Council Meeting."

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

MAYOR REED:

Proclamation, Connellsville Business and Professional Women’s Club

Proclamation, Post Office Food Drive

Letter to the Connellsville Area School District

Letter to the Fayette County Zoning Hearing Board

Letter from Mike Cominsky

Letter from Irvin Albright

Community Yard Sale is May 2nd

Community Spring Clean-up is May 9th

Police Department Report

Resolution No. 4-2-09: "To open sealed bids for the Police Department 1998 Jeep Cherokee."

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.
James W. Ruff, Connellsville, bid $1,200.00
Michael Murphy, Connellsville, bid $1,500.00
James Sokol, New Kensington, bid $90.00
Tim Etling’s Auto, Connellsville, $122.60 money order enclosed with no written bid or address

Resolution No. 4-3-09: "To accept the bid of Michael Murphy in the amount of $1,500.00 for the Police Department 1998 Jeep Cherokee."

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. 4-4-09: "To renew a contract with New Haven Hose Volunteer Fire Department to display two American Flags in front of City Hall, Arch Street, on 10 patriotic holidays for a total cost of $80.00. Money is to be taken from Miscellaneous Contingencies."

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. 4-5-09: "To support the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority's application for DCNR's 2009 Community Conservation Partnerships Program grant (C2P2) to aid in the renovations at Yough River Park."

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. 4-6-09: "To approve the recommendation of the Planning Commission, approving the property belonging to Helen K. Lieb to be sub-divided to Eleanor Lieb, adhering to the requirements of the Subdivision/Land Development Ordinance and Zoning Ordinance for the City of Connellsville."

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. 4-7-09: "To close East Apple Street from Cottage Avenue to North Prospect Street, North Prospect Street from Apple Street to Orchard Alley, Orchard Alley from North Prospect Street to Cottage Avenue blocked off on Friday, May 15, 2009 from 9:45 AM until 2 PM for the Conn Area Catholic School Marathon, upon approval of the Connellsville Police Department. and;

To close certain City streets for the annual Bud Murphy’s 5K Run and 5K Walk on June 11, 2009. and;

To close certain streets for the annual John Woodruff 5K Run and Walk on Wednesday, July 8, 2009. Whereas, this event annually brings over 500 runners and walkers and their families into our community. and;

To close both ends of North 2nd Street during Connellsville Little League’s Opening Day ceremonies on Saturday, April 18th and during Major and Minor Division games during the 2009 season.

All closings are pending review of the Police Chief."

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. 4-8-09: "To enter into an agreement with United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union AFL-CIO.CLC on behalf of Local Union 13836-23 for a three year, 2009-2011, labor contract pending solicitor’s final review and approval."

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. 4-9-09: "To hire Brian Harvey as a police officer as per Civil Service recommendation, effective May 1, 2009, at the salary set by contract."

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. 4-10-09: "To advertise the administration of the Police Civil Service examination and begin the process for the creation of a new list of Civil Service Police Officer eligible candidates."

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. 4-11-09: "To authorize the submission of application to the Cops Recovery Grant Initiative and any grant that may be spurred by the Economic Recovery Stimulus Program."

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. 4-12-09: "To adopt the Policy and Procedure Manual as prepared by Campbell, Beatty and Durrant pending solicitor review and approval."

This resolution was discussed and resulted in the following:

Resolution No. 4-13-09: "To table Resolution No. 4-12-09: To adopt the Policy and Procedure Manual as prepared by Campbell, Beatty and Durrant pending solicitor review and approval."

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

Resolution No. 4-14-09: "To oppose the Special Exception Application Request made to the Fayette County Zoning Hearing Board and any application to the Department of Environmental Protection that would permit the strip mining of 588 acres, Curry Mine, in Dunbar Township, adjacent to the Great Allegheny Passage Hike and Bike Trail and Ohiopyle State Park. Whereas, the mining activities would further degrade the water quality in the Youghiogheny River tributaries and the Youghiogheny River. The Youghiogheny River is essential to the good health and economic development of Connellsville and Fayette County. Whereas the Westmoreland Water Authority has permission to withdrawal additional water from the Youghiogheny River at Connellsville. Therefore the Mayor and Council of the City of Connellsville respectfully request that the Zoning Hearing Board Members deny this request."

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.

BODES:

Resolution No. 4-15-09: "To pay all bills/expenditures in excess of $500.00: Cummins Department, generator contract, $880.22; Golden Eagle Construction, cold patch, $1,644.30; Pitt Chemical, cleaning supplies, $766.98; R & J Network, cameras for East Park, $1,811.00; Staley Communications, maintenance on Police radios, $789.00; Traffic Control Equipment & Supplies, Maintenance Car 10, $807.42."

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.

The following item was on the agenda, and not read at this meeting.

Resolution: "To exempt M. Swink from paying City Per Capita Tax of ten dollars for the year 2009 upon City Treasurers verification of proof that said individual’s income is less than $5,000 per year."

Resolution No. 4-16-09: "To authorize the City's payment of $5,000.00 to Connellsville Township for the City's portion of the Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan cost. Money to come from the Good Neighbor Home Program."

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. 4-17-09: "To designate that the Connellsville Cultural Trust takes custody of the Good Neighbor Home Program including assets of $ 53,293.23, assuring the proper dispersing of the funds to the approved Main Street Program and Armory Projects."

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

Resolution No. 4-18-09: "To approve workers for the City from PA Career Link Fayette County and Workforce Investment Board for Westmoreland and Fayette Counties. There is no cost to the City."

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.

GEYER:

Street/Recreation Department Report

CAHS Patriots, Inc., 5th Annual Auction on May 7th

CAHS Patriots, Inc., Applebee’s Fundraiser

In celebration of Earth Day, the East Park Beautification project will be held Wednesday April 22nd from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Join the Trail Town Outreach Corps (TTOC) as we take pride in one of Connellsville’s most treasured parks. Everyone is welcome as we clean up the athletic fields, picnic areas, and playground. Put on your work boots or goulashes and help clean up the beautiful creek and waterfalls. Remember your gloves and come by the pavilions to pick up some gear and goodies, even if for only a short time. Every hand helps! For more information contact TTOC at trailtown@thesca.org or (724) 603-3151.

Resolution No. 4-19-09: "To grant permission to the Connellsville Little League to use Mountz Creek, Austin Park, and Woodruff Park for their practices. This will be pending review of their liability insurance certificate."

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. 4-20-09: "To grant permission to the Connellsville Girls Softball League to use East Park for practice during the 2009 season. This will be pending review of their liability insurance certificate."

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.

MATTHEWS:

Resolution No. 4-21-09: "To add the following name(s) to the City of Connellsville’s on-call list for temporary and/or seasonal employment: Nathan Alberts, Zack Blackstone, Chris Crutchman."

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. 4-22-09: "To open sealed bids for the following Street Department equipment:

  • 1999 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck V6 4 Speed Manual Transmission W/OD 71109 Miles
  • 1990 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck 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."

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.

City Clerk Tesauro began by opening the 1999 Ford Truck bids. There were 5 bids.
First was a Personal Check, bid of $2,305, Hugh McKutchen
Second was a Personal Check, bid of $800, Richard Blackstone
Third was a Certified Check, bid of $700, Chelsea Ritenour
Fourth was Certified Check, bid of $550, Tim Etling
Fifth was a Certified Check, bid of $830, Roger’s Auto

Resolution No. 4-24-09: "To reject the bid of all in the amount of $_n/a___ for the Street Department 1999 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck and re-advertise."

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.

Tesauro opened bids for the 1990 Ford.
First was Roger’s Auto, $210, Certified Check
Second was Richard Blackstone, Personal Check
Third was Hugh McKutchen, $700, Personal Check
Fourth was Chelsea Ritenour, $700, Certified Check
Fifth was Michael Murphy, $400, Money Order
Sixth was Tim Etling, $370, Money Order

Resolution No. 4-23-09: "To accept the bid of Chelsea Ritenour in the amount of $700.00 for the Street Department 1990 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck."

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

Tesauro opened bids for the 1977 Caterpillar Front End Loader
First was Michael Murphy, Money Order $2,000
Second was Uniontown Industrial, $7,600, Certified Check
Third was Chelsea Ritenour, $5,100, Certified Check

Resolution No. 4-25-09: "To accept the bid of Uniontown Industrial in the amount of $7,600.00 for the 1977 Caterpillar 920 Front End Loader."

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.

Tesauro announced there were no bids received for the 1977 Lee-Boy Self Propelled Paver.

Resolution No. 4-26-09: "To re-advertise for the Street Department 1977 Lee-Boy Self Propelled Paver with the 1999 Ford."

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.

MCINTIRE:

Fayette County Hard to Recycle Drop off Event is Saturday, May 2, 2009 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Fayette County Fairgrounds

Health Department Report
New Haven Hose Report for February and March
Fire Department Reports for February and March

Resolution No. 4-27-09: "To adopt Ordinance #1469, Bill No. 1 of 2009 , AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, FAYETTE COUNTY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, REGULATING RESIDENTIAL RENTAL UNIT OCCUPANCY AND PROVIDING FOR INSPECTION AND PENALTIES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE."

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

Resolution No. 4-28-09: "To authorize the payment of $500.00 to Herbert G. Mitchell, III for the Connellsville Fire Department arbitration, money to come from line item 460, Legal Services."

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.

CITY TREASURER KELLER’S REPORT:

CONTROLLER WROTE’S REPORT:

Resolution No. 4-29-09: "That meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn."

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.

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