City of Connellsville, Pennsylvania
SEARCH
QUICK LINKS
EXTERNAL RESOURCES

January 3, 2012 City Council Reorganization Meeting Minutes

This Reorganization Meeting of the Connellsville City Council was held this morning at 10:00 a.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 Judge John F. Wagner, Jr., City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Witt.

OATHS:

Judge John F. Wagner, Jr. administered the Oath of Office to the following officials:

COUNCILMAN BRAD W. GEYER

COUNCILMAN GREGORY A. RITCH

CITY TREASURER JUDY A. KELLER

CALL TO ORDER:

ROLL CALL:

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND MOMENT OF SILENCE:

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance. Prayer was led by Pastor Don Smith.

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 1-1-2012: “To appoint Charles W. Matthews, Mayor, Police and Public Affairs; Brad Geyer, Department of Accounts and Finance; Tom Karpiak, Director of Public Works; Mavilyn Weaver, Director of Public Health and Safety; and Gregory Ritch, Director of Parks and Public Property and Buildings.”

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. 1-2-2012: “To declare the 2011 council retired sine die.”

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. 1-3-2012: “To appoint Brad W. Geyer, City of Connellsville delegate to the Southwest Regional Tax Bureau and Charles W. Matthews alternate, effective immediately; term to expire January 2013.”

Matthews stated, “What this is that a few years back the state said that Counties have to start naming one Tax Bureau to collect all the Wage Tax and Fayette County has chosen Southwest Region. Since our taxes are going to Southwest Region, they sent us a letter stating they want a representative to attend their annual meeting. This has to be in by January 15, 2012.”

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.

Matthews explained the following resolution, “Once they passed this thing, the County was to form a Fayette County Tax Collection Committee. We’ve had a delegate on that committee for maybe three years. I believe this group meets quarterly rather than annually.”

Resolution No. 1-4-2012: “To appoint the following to the Fayette County Tax Collection Committee: Brad W. Geyer, delegate, Charles W. Matthews, first alternate and Gregory A. Ritch, second alternate, term to expire January 2013.”

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.

Matthews thanked Council and Treasurer Keller for the service they have done and he is looking forward to working with them the next two years. He noted finances will be a little tight for the beginning of 2012.

DEPARTMENT COMMENTS:

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

GEYER:

Resolution No. 1-5-2012: “To approve the signing for the new signature cards for the City accounts as follows: Brad W. Geyer, Director of Accounts and Finance; Judy A. Keller, City Treasurer; Bobby Mulnix, City Controller.”

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 thanked Matthews and the public for their support. He further gave his best wishes to Council and Treasurer Keller noting that Council works together well and the way government should. Geyer added that if anyone on Council has a question, they have no reservation to pick up the phone and get an answer. Geyer stated there are a few budget issues that need to be dealt with coming up. He further commended the City employees in every department. Geyer stated “I really like this town and get to work with you for a few more years.”

KARPIAK:

Karpiak thanked Matthews for his kind words to Council. “I’m going into my third year here and I’m always impressed with the people that make this town go. Their name is not in the paper and they are just doing what they are meant to do to keep this town going in a good direction.” He then noted that street maintenance costs more and thanked his department for the excellent job they are doing. Karpiak added that if streets can’t be paved, they will be maintained. He further noted this job has been a “thankful job with no irate phone calls and minimal complaints.” Karpiak thanked all of Council and noted they try to be a jack of all trades, collectively. Karpiak thanked Solicitor Witt for his help and noted he does a “great job.

WEAVER:

Weaver thanked Matthews and Council. She thanked Tom Currey for the work that he is doing as Code, Health and Zoning Official. Weaver noted “we have problems with our buildings in town and we are working to maintain them or bring them down safely.” Weaver noted she’d like to thank individuals in the City for the work they do and go unannounced.

RITCH:

Ritch thanked Mayor Matthews and Council for the nice comments and for the year that he has been privileged to serve. He noted that he is looking forward to serving the next two years and beyond. Ritch stated it is an honor to serve the residents of this City. He stated that although Council may not always agree, they agree on a common bond, and that is that “we will work in the best interest for the citizens of Connellsville.” Ritch stated that Council will continue to work together and be professional thanks to the Mayor’s leadership. He also added that there are people who strive to do for and keep the City going without ever being recognized and “and they are the ones who should be applauded.” Ritch thanked every department. He thanked the Recreation Department and Redevelopment Authority for their support in the City. Ritch stated he is looking forward to working with City Council and Solicitor Witt.

Matthews thanked Tim Witt, Solicitor, for his work with Council and noted that he is doing a “fine job” for the City and Council appreciates it. He also thanked Rev. Don Smith and the Ministerial Association for always providing prayer before Council Meetings noting that Council appreciate what they do. Matthews then commended Tom Currey for all he does in the City, noting that he does do more than just his jobs and departments. He complimented him on his knowledge of the City and willingness to help whenever and wherever needed.

Resolution No. 12-6-2012: “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.

Site by Michael D. McCumber (Connellsville, PA Pictures