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November 16, 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 Geyer, Karpiak, Weaver and Ritch. Also attending this meeting was City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Witt.

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

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Cathleen Lizza, City resident, Water in her basement near the building that was demolished on South Pittsburgh Street, asked if City Council could help her with her problem.

Emma Strong, Trail Town Council, stated they will move the caboose on Tuesday. She also notified Council that the inside and outside are being painted by her office and the HOBO Club.

Susan McCarthy discussed “It’s a Connellsville Christmas” on December 3rd and 4th from 12 noon until 5 PM. She announced Church tours, events, concerts, Nativity with an Angel, Christmas and Poinsettia sales and cookie festival.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Linda Shearer, CAHS Patriots, Flight 93 Memorial Collection

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 11-1-2011: “To accept the minutes from the October 19, 2011 City Council Meeting.”

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

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report

Reminders:

Christmas in Yough Park from noon until 4 PM this Saturday

New Haven Hose’s Christmas Parade at 7 PM this Saturday, parade to end at Fire Station where Santa will be and have treats for the children.

Resolution No. 11-2-2011: “To appoint Charles T. Currey as Zoning Officer, effective immediately, for no additional salary.”

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

GEYER:

Resolution No. 11-3-2011: “To introduce proposed Ordinance #1484, Bill No.2 of 2011, AN ORDINANCE FIXING THE SALARIES PAYABLE BY THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE FOR THE VARIOUS POSITIONS ENUMERATED HEREIN FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2012, AND REPAEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES INCONSISTENT HEREWITH.”

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

Resolution No. 11-4-2011: “To introduce Ordinance #1485, Bill No. 3 of 2011, An Ordinance of the City of Connellsville, County of Fayette, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, fixing the real estate tax rate and residence tax rate for all city purposes for the fiscal year 2012, and repealing all ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith.”

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

Resolution No. 11-5-2011: “To introduce proposed Ordinance #1486, Bill No. 4 of 2011, AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, SHOWING THE ESTIMATED RECEIPTS, EXPENDITURES, AND LIABILITIES OF EVERY KIND FOR ALL THE FUNDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012 WITH THE BALANCE OF UNEXPENDED APPROPRIATIONS AS THE BASIS FOR FIXING THE LEVY AND TAX RATE FOR SAID FISCAL, YEAR APPROPRIATING THE VARIOUS AMOUNTS SHOWN AS PROPOSED EXPENDITURES HEREIN FOR THE EXPENSES OF THE CITY FOR SAID FISCAL YEAR FROM THE REVENUE AVAILABLE FOR SAID FISCAL YEAR FOR THE DEPARTMENTS, BUREAUS, AND SPECIFIC PURPOSES SET FORTH HEREIN, AND THE REPEALING OF ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES INCONSISTANT HEREWITH.”

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

Geyer stated the next two resolutions on the agenda will not be read until the December meeting.

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

Karpiak urged people to avoid Route 201 and Falls Avenue due to flooding.

Karpiak discussed parking during snow and noted the City will be doing the “odd and even day”. He noted odd days will be parking on the odd side (house numbers) of the street, and even days we are to park on the even side of the street.

WEAVER:

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

Resolution No. 11-6-2011: “To introduce Bill No. 1, Ordinance #1483 of 2011, AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, FAYETTE COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA THAT SHALL BE KNOWN AS THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA; THE PURPOSE OF THIS ORDINANCE IS TO PROTECT THE SAFETY AND ORDERLY DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMMUNITY THROUGH ADOPTING AND ENFORCING THE INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL’S INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE.”

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

Resolution No. 11-7-2011: “To appoint Lieutenant Craig Gates to assist as Code Enforcement Officer, effective immediately at no increase in compensation.”

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

RITCH:

Parks/Public Property Report

Resolution No. 11-8-2011: “To accept the resignation of Barbara Bailey from the Recreation Board effective immediately.”

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

Ritch requested that anyone who may be interested in serving on the Recreation Board to let him know since we are seeking a replacement on this Board.

CITY TREASURER REPORT:

Matthews stated that New Haven Hose is responsible for the lights that they put up in town and will be having a boot drive in town to pay for the electric bills and repairs to lights and other expenses. He further announced the Boy Scouts will be collecting can goods for the food bank.

Matthews thanked Armstrong cable for allowing use of their Cable trucks and volunteering employees in helping the City put up the Christmas lights. “I’d like the thank Christ Conn and Jessie Eutsey. They put the lights up town, it takes two bucket trucks and hard work, and they are the ones who do this.

Mattews stated the City has been having a problem with the lights on Crawford Avenue. “Ever since the Halloween Parade, the City has been trying to figure out who owns the lights, who is supposed to be taking care of them and is there a maintenance contract.” The City is aware of it and every time light bulbs are replaced then 2 or 3 days later other bulbs burn out. The City is trying to work with Allegheny Power to find out the answers to some questions surrounds the ownership and maintenance of the lights.

Resolution No. 11-9-2011: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on December 21, 2011 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

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

Resolution No. 11-10-2011: “That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.”

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

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