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May 18, 2011 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 was Mayor Matthews, Council members Karpiak and Ritch. Also attending this meeting was City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Mitchell. Council members Geyer and Weaver were absent.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance. Prayer was given by Pastor Beverly Gross.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Judy Keller, Discussed resolution concerning the PLCM Convention

Amanda Metzger from Trail Town discussed recycling, the caboose and Welcome Center. She announced there will be a wine tasting at the Elks after the Geranium Festival.

Geno Gallo, Mountz Creek Watershed Association, environmental concerns

CORRESPONDENCE:

Dennis McKendry, American Legion Post 301
Beverly Opperman, Connellsville Garden Club
Nancy Dye, John Woodruff Race Committee Member
Traci Kuhns, Principal, Connellsville South Side Elementary School
Vicki Meier, Highlands Hospital – Bud Murphy Race for Autism
Stacey Huffman, Elks Lodge #503

Resolution No. 5-1-2011: “To allow the American Legion Post 301 to use Yough River Park pavilion #1 and the stage on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 1 PM for the Tattered-flag Disposal Program; further permitting use of the City’s Public Address System.”

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

Resolution No. 5-2-2011: “To block off all affected City streets for the following events; pending review by the Chief of Police and Penn DOT and authorizing police to provide traffic control;

Memorial Day Parade to be held at 10 AM on Monday, May 30, 2011, lineup forming 9:30 AM on West Crawford Avenue and ending at the Memorial; Police Chief to obtain clearance for the use of one lane of Route 119 in front of the Memorial;

Geranium Festival to be held at 10 AM until 5 PM on Saturday, May 28, 2011, on Crawford Avenue between Arch and Pittsburgh Streets;

John Woodruff Run/Walk to be held Wednesday, July 13, 2011, Opening ceremonies at 6:30 PM with race from 7 PM until 8 PM;

Fun Day held by South Side Elementary School on May 27, 2011 or the possible rain date of May 31, 2011 on Race Street from 9:20 AM to 3:25 PM

Highlands Hospital/Bud Murphy Race for Autism on Thursday, June 2nd beginning at 7 PM at Highlands Hospital

Elks Lodge #503 to hold their annual block party from Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 9 AM until Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 9 AM on North Carnegie Avenue.”

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

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 5-3-2011: “To accept the minutes from the April 20, 2011 City Council Meeting.”

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

Resolution No. 5-4-2011: “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, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report Proclamation – EMS Week, May 15th – 21st

Matthews noted the following resolution is for a vehicle donated to the City and the City has no money tied up in it. He further noted that mechanics have looked at this vehicle and we decided that it would be a liability to put it up for bid.

Resolution No. 5-5-2011: “To allow the Connellsville Police Department to junk the Police Emergency Service Van, as the van is very unsafe and could be a danger to others and a liability to the City.”

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

Resolution No. 5-6-2011: “To appoint Bobby Mulnix as City Controller, effective May 19, 2011; term to expire the first Monday of January 2014.”

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

Matthews noted that Ms. Wrote didn’t run for Controller, but she received write ins and took the position. “She was gracious enough to hold on for over a year and help us out.” Now she and the Deputy Controller are retiring.”

GEYER ABSENT, READ BY MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Resolution No. 5-7-2011: “To pay all bills/expenditures for goods/services in excess of $500 as submitted: City Auto Center, $2,525.04, Maintenance & Repairs to Police vehicles; Widmer Engineering, Inc., $560.00, Wills Road Survey.”

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

Resolution was read but failed to be seconded by Council: “To approve all elected and appointed City Officials to attend the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities Annual Convention in Erie, PA on June 21, 22, 23 and 24, 2011. Money is not to exceed $2,000.”

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

Karpiak asked the public if they could help keep the leaves from clogging the drains, if possible.

Karpiak requested vendors, non-profit organizations or anyone who bakes or cooks to join the Triathlon as a vendor.

Resolution No. 5-8-2011: “To make the vendor’s rental space for the July 2nd Triathlon of $100 per space, to be all inclusive of all other City licensing fees and that all vendors are still to register with the appropriate City agencies.”

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

Karpiak explained the next resolution noting Mr. Gordon was kind enough to offer his property to the City. He added that the City just doesn’t have the space they need at the garage and this will help immensely.

Resolution No. 5-9-2011: “To accept a parcel of land from Dwaine M. Gordon located at 125 South Street, Map No. 05-07-0249, pending Solicitor’s review.”

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

Karpiak announced the City’s need for a coordinator for “Growing Green” as every area is doing just that. He asked that anyone interested in being the Sustainability Coordinator to put a letter in so Council can appoint one at the next meeting. “It will be a volunteer position, unpaid.” Karpiak explained the duties for this position. He also added that the City is a river city and our environment is important to us.

Karpiak then discussed the Triathlon on July 2nd and noted there will be a great day planned. Registration will be at 7 AM and it will begin at 9 AM. He noted it will be the swimming, bike and running the trail again. Karpiak stated there will be another “anything that floats” again. There will be a lot more people involved. He announced there will also be a Baggo Tournament around 2 PM with about 128 teams and entertainment will be Dave Petrone who is reunited “Punch” for a Farewell Tour.

WEAVER ABSENT, READ BY MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Fire Department Report Health/Code Department Report New Haven Hose Report

Resolution No. 5-10-2011: “To hire Jessica Ohler as the Secretary of the Board of Health commencing May 23, 2011; at a rate of $65.63 per month.”

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

RITCH:

Parks/Public Property Report

Resolution No. 5-11-2011: “To permit Patty Firestone, full-time student at Westmoreland County Community College, the opportunity to complete her internship of 300 hours with the City Parks and Recreation Department; there will be no cost to the City of Connellsville.”

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

Ritch added that it was discussed to bring in interns, especially for the Parks and Recreation. He added that Ms. Firestone is excited about this opportunity.

Resolution No. 5-12-2011: “To allow Patty Firestone to complete her internship at Yough Park Concession Stand as a liaison between the City Parks and Recreation Department and River City Promotions.”

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

Ritch explained that the concession stand will be open at Yough Park and she will run it on a daily basis to finish her 300 hours.

Mayor Matthews added it’s difficult to get people to volunteer down there and it’s been proven it’s not a money maker.

Resolution No. 5-13-2011: “To add Corey Fuller to the Public Works on-call list, salary $7.25 an hour to be paid out of line item #01430-145, seasonal employees, maximum 37.5 hours a week.”

Ritch announced that one of the men hired last month took a job elsewhere, leaving an opening here.

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

Ritch discussed reviewing the computer and phone bids, noting that an expert will be coming in to review them and Council will award them in June.

Further discussions: Recreation Board developed Summer Recreation Programs offering tennis, basketball, golf, crafts and more which will begin on or about June 20th.

Ritch then discussed the caboose being converted into an overnight place to stay for Trailtowners.

Ritch announced the Recreation Board has been working on stocking the river with fish and made contacts to possibly stock 5 or 6 times a year.

Ritch stated he was honored to attend the Police Memorial.

CITY TREASURER REPORT:

CONTROLLER REPORT:

Matthews discussed the difference in “budget” numbers and explained how it really works from year to year and cuts that have been made.

Resolution No. 5-14-2011: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on June 15, 2011 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

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

Resolution No. 5-15-2011: “That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.”

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

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