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January 18, 2012 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. Prayer was led by Rev. Beverly Cross.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Melissa Tzan, President of Recreation Board, Discussed Triathlon end of August and Recreation Board update:

Russell Taylor, Recreation Board intern, Discussed concerts in East Park and survey of park usage.

CORRESPONDENCE:

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 1-1-2012: “To accept the minutes from the December 21, 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.

Resolution No. 1-2-2012: “To accept the minutes from the January 3, 2012 City Council Reorganization 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.

Resolution No. 1-3-12: “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 Karpiak, Ritch, Geyer, Weaver and Matthews. The majority of votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report

Resolution No. 1-4-2012: “To approve payment of and direct the Redevelopment Authority to make payment to Ritenour and Sons Construction Co., Inc. in the amount of $25,000.00 for the demolition of 106 West Crawford Avenue, Connellsville; money to be taken from CDBG Funds.”

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 explained the next resolution as the DCED not accepting the application the City made September 2011 due to a $5 or $10 error in the application. He further explained that the City has to go through the red tape by rescinding the previous resolution and passing a new resolution.

Resolution No. 1-5-12: “To rescind Resolution No. 9-11-11 dated September 21, 2011.”

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. 1-6-12: “Be it Resolved by the City Council of the City of Connellsville as follows:

WHEREAS, under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is authorized to extend financial assistance to Communities for activities which will benefit low and moderate income families, aid in the elimination or prevention of slums or urban blight or other urgent community needs; and

WHEREAS, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has invited the City to submit an application in the amount of $ 316,858.00 for financial assistance under its Fiscal Year 2011 Community Development Block Grant Program; and

WHEREAS, the City has met all the citizens participation requirements relative to the Community Development Block Grant Program submission; and

WHEREAS, the City has prepared a Three Year Plan and Statement of Objectives as required by DCED; and

WHEREAS, the City has prepared an application for Financial Assistance under the 2011 Community Development Block Grant Program, said application having been duly reviewed and considered by the Council of the City of Connellsville.

1. That the Community Development Block Grant Program Application dated September 2011 is hereby in all respects approved. The City Clerk is hereby directed to file a copy of said program and application with the minutes of this meeting.

2. That it is cognizant of the conditions that are imposed in the undertaking and carrying out of community development activities with Federal/State financial assistance under Title I, including those under Title VI relating to the prohibition of discrimination because of race, color, creed, or national origin and other implementation of the program.

3. That the Mayor, on behalf of Council, is authorized to file an Application for Financial Assistance to carry out the Community Development Block Grant Program and act as the authorized representative for the City.

4. That the Mayor, on behalf of the City Council is hereby authorized to provide such assurance and/or certification as may be required by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and any supplemental or revised data which DCED may request in connection with its review of the application and including any revisions necessary to bring the application into conformity with DCED’s final grant for the City.”

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

Resolution No. 1-7-12: “To accept the resignation of Jamie McPoyle effective immediately from the Connellsville Recreation Board.”

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. 1-8-12: “To appoint Patty Firestone to the Connellsville Recreation Board; term to expire the first Monday of 2017.”

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. 1-9-12: “To appoint Mike McKitrick to the Connellsville Recreation Board; term to expire the first Monday of 2013.”

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

Resolution No. 1-10-12: “To reappoint Norma Cindric to the Connellsville Municipal Authority; term to expire the first Monday of 2017.”

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. 1-11-12: “To reappoint Jesse Eutsey to the Police Civil Service Board; term to expire the first Monday of 2016.”

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. 1-12-12: “To reappoint Vinny Traynor to the Police Civil Service Board; term to expire the first Monday of 2015.”

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. 1-13-12: “A resolution of the City Council of Connellsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, approving transfer of Restaurant Liquor License No. R-117350 into the City of Connellsville from Masontown Borough, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.”

Councilman Karpiak questioned the hours of operation to ensure that the business will close at 11 PM. He further questioned if there would be no music or DJ’s. The owner answered that the business will close at 11 PM and there would be no music or DJ’s.

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

Mayor Matthews made appointed Geno Gallo to the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority; term to expire the first Monday in January of 2017.

GEYER:

Resolution No. 1-14-12: “To authorize the city treasurer to turn over all delinquent 2011 City Per Capita tax to Central Tax Bureau for collection effective immediately. Fines and penalties will be added. And to notify all city residents that they have until June 1, 2012 to pay 2011 City Per Capita Taxes, at which time they will also be turned over to Central Tax Bureau for delinquent collection.”

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 explained a memo he had sent out concerning watching expenditures the first quarter of the year. He noted he had just had to sign for car repair bills and street equipment, which has to be fixed and kept running. Other expenses we will have to take a hard look at and ensure tax money rolls in properly. Geyer noted that the accounting software will be updated so that our financial reports will be more informative to council. Geyer stated the auditor met with them to do a brief, which brought up some of the accounting practices that the City needs to start doing. “We will start implementing those practices as well.” Geyer Stated.

Geyer thanked Vic Gasbarro for his time on the Redevelopment Authority and Jamie McPoyle for his time on the Recreation Board.

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

Karpiak stated the Street Department is doing well financially, especially since no snow at this time.

Karpiak then notified the citizens that the he had the NO LEFT TURN sign taken down, where you come from the South Side on South Pittsburgh Street to Crawford Avenue and can make a left onto Crawford. He then stated, “Please know that you can make a left there.”

Karpiak then stated that the River City Promotions has turned everything over to the Recreation Board. He thanked Councilman Ritch and the Recreation Board for their help and for taking over the Triathlon. Karpiak then stated that he, Geno Gallo and Patty Firestone will be happy to help with things.

Karpiak announced a Corn Hole Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, March 4th at New Haven Hose. Entry fees will be taken there that day at 11:30 when the doors open. The game begins at 1 PM. Preregistration is here at City Hall, ask for Shelley and she will sign you up. The cost is $30 for a two man team. Each person will have a wristband and there will be cash prizes. We are going to try to have two different tournaments at the same time, one for the pros and one for the Joe’s. We have invited all the other local governments and limited it to 80 teams. Karpiak noted that if you want to sponsor this, come down to City Hall and they will give you my number. New Have Hose will have the food and the Recreation Department gets the entry fees. “It was televised last year and will be again this year.” Karpiak stated “We will have fun, this is Connellsville and we play here.”

Karpiak announced the County Commissioners stated there will be a Property Tax increase. “This has to sit for 30 days so if you are not happy about it, get ahold of the people at the Courthouse and explain to them what you are not happy about. I am not happy about it and I am not happy about having a balanced budget that isn’t balanced. What I read is there will be a surplus at the end of the year. A balanced budget is when there is nothing left over or owed.

WEAVER:

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

Weaver thanked Jamie McPoyle for a wonderful job in taking Austin Park and making into something. “It was nothing when he started and now it is wonderful. I live out that way and see it.”

Weaver then announced Victor Gasbarro’s 90th birthday and wished him happy birthday. She noted she served on the Redevelopment Authority Board with him and the Wesley Health Center Board. Weaver stated he is a fine man, board member and neighbor and she wishes him well.

RITCH:

Parks/Public Property Report:

Ritch thanked Tzan and Taylor for being present today to make their reports and updates. He also thanked council for appointing Patty Firestone and Mike McKitrick to the Recreation Board. Ritch also thanked River City Promotions, with Geno Gallo, Councilman Karpiak and Patty Firestone for their generous donation which will be applied to the Triathlon. “I thank them for still wanting to help in the mission (Triathlon).”

Ritch then thanked Jamie McPoyle and noted he is not technically stepping down on the Recreation Board. He will be an ex-officio on the board. “He is still willing to give help and expertise whenever he can.”

Ritch then stated he agrees with Karpiak about the 1 mill tax increase and made his voice known.

Ritch then read a letter from Linda Shearer from the Connellsville Patriots stating they are selling “remember 9-11 t-shirts”. He read the contact information to order shirts and stated it’s a good cause and he supports them.

CITY TREASURER REPORT:

Resolution No. 1-15-12: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on February 15, 2012 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. 1-16-12: “That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.”

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

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