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March 17, 2010 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 Matthews, Council Members Geyer, Karpiak, Weaver and Rush. Also attending this meeting were City Clerk Antoinette Tesauro and Solicitor Mitch Mitchell.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Brian Higbee said prayer.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:
Judy Keller, City Finances
Gene Gallo thanked those involved in the flood crisis. Asked Council to make a decision on the Cream of the Trail Refreshment Stand proposals this evening.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Connellsville Veteran’s Commission, Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 31, 2010 Beverly Oppermann, Geranium Festival, Saturday, May 29th from 9 AM until 3 PM Connellsville Little League, Opening Day Ceremonies, Saturday, April 24th Pastor Don Smith, Palm Sunday March, March 28th from 12:15 PM until 1 PM National Day of Prayer, May 6th at 11:45 AM Conn Area Catholic School’s annual Marathon, Friday, May 14th 18th Annual National Letter Carrier Food Drive Day, 2nd Saturday in May. Please respond by placing non-perishable food items in bags by your mailbox on May 8th for pick-up Wesley Church Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday, April 17th from 4 PM until 7 PM Community Yard Sale, Saturday, May 1st from 8 AM until 2 PM, sponsored by Chamber of Commerce, for more information contact the Chamber of Commerce at 724-628-5500 Central Fellowship Church will be holding their Annual Clean-up Day on April 17, 2010. If you are interested in helping, contact Colleen Murphy – 724-626-1213 Please check out www.connellsville.org website for more information.

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 3-1-2010:
“To accept the minutes from the February 17, 2010 City Council Meeting.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

MAYOR MATTHEWS
Police Department Report Thanked numerous individuals and companies who worked with the City during the 24 hour State of Emergency. A few of the names given were EMA Director, Jeff Layton; workers from Fayette County. 911; Red Cross; Army Corp.; Fayette EMS; Residents along the Yough River; the Connellsville and Auxiliary Police and news media the newspapers and television stations.

Resolution No. 3-2-2010 :
“To waive the 4-day Resolution Rule to allow for items submitted after the 4-day rule to be read at the meeting tonight, such Resolutions will be marked with an asterisk.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 3-3-2010:
“To accept the resignation letter of Officer Michael Long, from the Police Department.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted. To appoint Tom Duncan to the Redevelopment Authority Board for a five year term ending the first Monday of 2015.

Resolution No. 3-4-2010:
“To accept letters of interest for the positions of City Clerk, City Solicitor and City Engineer. All letters are to be sent to the attention of Mayor Charles Matthews at City Hall.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 3-5-2010:
“To make the following appointment and reappointments: to appoint Geno Gallo to the Zoning Hearing Board, term to expire the first Monday of 2015.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 3-6-2010:
“To block off all affected City streets for the following various events; pending review by the Chief of Police: For the Memorial Day Parade to be held Monday, May 31, 2010, starting on the West Side on Crawford Avenue proceeding to downtown, turning left onto North Pittsburgh Street to the Memorial. Requesting the police to provide traffic control and authorization to obtain clearance for the use of one lane of Route 119 in front of the Memorial; and To block Crawford Avenue between Arch and Pittsburgh Streets on Friday, May 28th from 7 PM until 9 PM and also between 6:30 AM until 4 PM on Saturday, May 29th for the Connellsville Area Garden Club’s 6th Annual Geranium Festival; and To block the corner of North 2nd Street at Connell Avenue and North 2nd Street at North Avenue during the Connellsville Little League’s Opening Day Ceremonies on Saturday, April 24th; and To block North and South Pittsburgh Streets and East and West Crawford Avenue on March 28th from 12:15 PM until 1:00 PM for the Palm Sunday March; and To block 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 for Conn-Area Catholic School’s annual Marathon to be held Friday, May 14th from 9:45 AM until 2 PM.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted. GEYER: Announced that he received information from Xpand and they should know what they can do for the City in two to three weeks.

Resolution No. 3-7-2010:
“To join the Boroughs of Scottdale and Mt. Pleasant in participating in the G-3 Conference to be held May 17-21, 2010.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 3-8-201:
“To rescind motion 1-22-2010, concerning caller ID on City phones.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Karpiak, Geyer, Matthews and Weaver. Rush voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 3-9-2010:
“To authorize the Director of Accounts and Finance to transfer money as necessary from the Parking and Revitalization PLIGIT Account, to the General Fund to meet the unexpected expenditures during the City’s State of Emergency in February. Money to be reimbursed from State and Federal Agencies.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 3-10-201:
“To increase the Physical Damage Insurance Coverage on multiple City and New Haven Hose Company fire vehicles that are currently covered on the City’s Liability Insurance, effective April 1, 2010.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 3-11-2010:
“To exonerate from Real Estate Taxes the following City owned properties: Senior Citizen Center on Fayette Street, $1,614.18; Connellsville Community Center at 201 Fairview Avenue, $274.79 and the Community Center Parking Lot on South Cottage Avenue, $45.42.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 3-12-2010:
“To equate the Titles of “City License Officer” (Ord. 1005, 10/13/1967) and “Commissioner of Business License Officer” (Ord. 1162, 12/28/1977) to that of “City Treasurer” and charge the Health and Code Officer to assist the City Treasurer with the enforcement of collecting all three categories of the “Business License.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted. Geyer congratulated his brother and sister-in-law on the birth of their new baby. He also congratulated the new grandparents.

KARPIAK:
Thanked the Auxiliary Police City Church for their help during the snow removal. Street Department Report

Resolution No. 3-13-2010 :
“To join River City Promotions, to promote and hold the first Connellsville River City Triathlon on July 3, 2010. River City Promotions will reimburse any additional cost the City may incur for special event insurance policy if needed.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Karpiak, Geyer and Matthews. Weaver and Rush voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

WEAVER:
Health/Code Department Report New Haven Hose Report

Resolution No. 3-14-201:
“To accept the proposals for a Structural Analysis of the Aaron’s Building from Stiffler McGraw and Associates, Inc. for a cost of $5,750.00.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative was Geyer. Voting nay were Matthews, Rush, Karpiak and Weaver. The majority of the votes being nay, the resolution was not adopted.

Resolution No. 3-15-2010:
“To accept the proposals for a Structural Analysis of the Aaron’s Building from Civil and Environmental, Inc. for a cost of $4,000-$6,300.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Karpiak, Geyer, Matthews and Weaver. Rush voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

RUSH:

Resolution No. 3-16-2010:
“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 Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 3-17-2010:
“To grant permission to the Connellsville Softball League to use Woodruff Park for the 2010 Summer and Fall Seasons. This will be pending review of their Liability Insurance Certificate.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 3-18-2010:
“To open all sealed written proposals in regards to The Cream of the Trail Refreshment Stand.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted. Tesauro opened the first bid: Ebony Shamrock BBQ Co. giving a 3 page proposal Frank Romeo and Geno Gallo, Trailside Trading, gave proposal for each council member.

Resolution No. 3-19-2010:
“To table all open written proposals in regards to the Cream of the Trail Refreshment Stand until further review by the City Solicitor.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer and Rush. Karpiak voted nay. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 3-20-201:
“To grant permission to the Connellsville Girls Softball League to use East Park for practices during the 2010 season, pending review of their Liability Insurance Certificate.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted. Thanked the Trail Town Outreach for helping the City secure the appliances, furniture and supplies before the flooding occurs.

CITY TREASURER REPORT

CONTROLLER REPORT

Resolution No. 3-21-2010 :
“To schedule an Executive Session at 6:00 PM on April 21, 2010 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 3-22-2010 :
“That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.” A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Rush, and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

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