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June 15, 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 Council members Geyer, Karpiak, Weaver and Ritch. Also attending this meeting was City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Mitchell. Mayor Matthews was absent.

Councilman Brad Geyer was Acting Mayor.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance. Prayer was given by Reverend Matthew Goldsberry.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Marco Marzocchi, Widewaters Hotel Option

Judy Keller, Martins Plaza and Woodruff Race

Jody Best, Sculpture Artist for bike trail; coke ovens, from coke to spokes

Emma Strong, Farmer’s Market, Trail Town Ice Cream and Youghiogheny MUD at ElCanelo

Marco Marzocchi (2nd time speaking), noting City’s right to purchase; option will expire

CORRESPONDENCE:

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 6-1-2011: “To accept the minutes from the May 18, 2011City Council Meeting.”

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

Resolution No. 6-2-2011: “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 Weaver, Karpiak, Ritch and Geyer. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

MAYOR MATTHEWS ABSENT: READ BY COUNCILMAN GEYER:

Police Department Report

Resolution No. 6-3-2011: “To block of the 1200 block of Chestnut/Sycamore Street on July 9, 2011 for their Graduation Block Party, pending review of Police Chief.”

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

GEYER:

Resolution No. 6-4-2011: “To pay all bills/expenditures for goods/services in excess of $500 as submitted: Scott Electric, $2,309.00, repair light pole for Woodruff Park.”

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

Resolution No. 6-5-2011: “To join the Fayette County Cultural Trust to sponsor and hold a Farmers and Artists Market, for 10 consecutive Saturdays beginning on July 2, 2011 through September 3, 2011. The Fayette County Cultural Trust will reimburse any additional cost the City may incur for special event insurance policy if needed.”

Karpiak stated that it moved from Yough Park to town because they wanted to be seen. Geyer noted that last year they were blocked from visibility and now they will be in view. Weaver added that the Farmers Market being held uptown should help the small downtown businesses.

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

Resolution No. 6-6-2011: “To close Meadow Lane, between West Crawford Avenue and Church Place, for ten consecutive Saturdays beginning on July 2nd through September 3, 2011 from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm for the Connellsville Farmers and Artists Market.”

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

Geyer noted to contact Trail Town Outreach Corp if you want to join the Farmers Market.

Geyer also added the PLCM’s Reporter Magazine had “Downtown Connellsville’s Revitalization” from the G5 Summit. He added it speaks of the City’s involvement in the G5 and our Downtown Program.

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

Karpiak announced that the Street Department is saving money by using new materials “tar” and “sealing” roads, making them very nice, by sharing materials and equipment with South Connellsville and Connellsville Township.

Karpiak also notified the public that if someone knocks down a light pole in the City, either they or their insurance will have to pay for it.

Resolution No. 6-7-2011: “To forgive a Lien for $2,990.00, placed on a property located at 911 Aetna Street, owned by John and Pamela Shultz; the property owners shall bear any administrative fees incurred by the City for this action."

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

Karpiak discussed the Sustainability Coordinator position.

Resolution No. 6-8-2011: “To appoint Geno Gallo for a term of One Year (1) as the Sustainability Coordinator for the City’s “Going Green”; this is a volunteer position and is effective immediately.”

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

Karpiak reminded everyone about July 2nd at Yough River is the Triathlon held by River City Promotions. Registration begins at 7 am and it starts at 9 am. He announced some of the events and costs.

WEAVER:

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

Resolution No. 6-9-2011: “To adopt Bill #1, Ordinance #1480, introduced April 20, 2011, an amendment to Article IV, Section 604 of Ordinance No. 1449, March 13, 2006, commonly referred to as The City of Connellsville’s “Sign Ordinance”.

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

RITCH:

Parks/Public Property Report Bobby Mulnix’s letter of resignation from the Recreation Board

Resolution No. 6-10-2011: “To accept the resignation of Bobby Mulnix from the Recreation Board retroactive May 18, 2011.”

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

Resolution No. 6-11-2011: “To award the bid for the new Computer System at City Hall to Creative Computer Concepts in the amount of $17,373.00, pending Solicitor’s review.”

Ritch announced the phone resolution that is on the agenda will be tabled until July so further review can be done on it.

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

The following resolution was on the agenda but tabled until July’s meeting:

Resolution: “To award the bid for the new Phone System for the City of Connellsville to ______ in the amount of $________________, pending Solicitor’s review.”

Resolution No. 6-12-2011: “To approve a Lease Agreement between the City of Connellsville, a Third Class City of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Connellsville Area Senior Tigers, Inc., a non-profit corporation, organized and existing under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for three years beginning July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2014.”

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

Resolution No. 6-13-2011: “To hire the following individuals as Summer Recreational Instructors for the Recreation Program: Ken House, Eddie McKlveen, Ryan Pirl, William Ricks and Walt Schimansky; Combined salary not to exceed $250.00 and money to be taken from this programs sign-ups and donations.”

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

Ritch announced that on May 25th the Garden Club was working on the Veterans Plaza and Cameron Court. He noted they have done an outstanding job and publicly thanked each of them: Linda Galardi, Stephanie Connell, Carolyn Hilda and Cathy Kumar, Kay Merindino and Beverly Opperman and Patty Wilosky, Linda Ruth and Johanna Harden, Sheryl Kraven, Lucy King, Eliza Mays, Linda Ruth and Maggie Adams. I thank them for all they have done.

He further announced that on the 28th was the Geranium Festival. Sheryl Kraven said they sold out of Geraniums. “It was great weather, a great time and I thank Sheryl Kraven, Linda Galardi and the Garden Club. Also on the 28th I attended the Wine Tasting Contest. Eliza Mays and Emma Strong and of course Mandy were the ones to plan, execute and hold this event at the Elks Club. We had about 15 participants. Acting Mayor Geyer was there handing out wine. It was a great event with over 100 people. “I thank you, Ladies, for that outstanding event.”

Ritch announced on June 11th there was a Flag Day Ceremony and Tattered Flag Ceremony held by the American Legion and Denny McKendry. I want to thank him and his officers for doing this. “Mayor Matthews and I both attended.” He stated it was done well and thanked them.

Ritch added that June 14th was Friends of the Library, Linda Ruth and Kathy Kumar, Karen Macko and “I don’t know who all was there”, we had a Flag Raising Ceremony. Friends of the Library refurbished the flag pole; we had a new pulley system put on and new rope donated by Spottos. New Haven Hose came over on Sunday to put the pulley system on, and I donated a Flag that was brought back from Iraq which was flown over one of Saddam’s palaces. It was great to see these folks were so interested in doing this. Ritch noted that Pennsylvania was the first state to celebrate Flag Day.

Ritch reminded everyone that the phrase “One Nation under God” has no comma and that it is one phrase.

Ritch thanked the Boy Scouts and Mr. Jacobansky and his son for attending the Flag Day.

Council acknowledged Solicitor Mitchell’s birthday.

CITY TREASURER REPORT:

Resolution No. 6-14-2011: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on July 20, 2011 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

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

Resolution No. 6-15-2011: “That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.”

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

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