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February 15, 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 and Ritch. Also attending this meeting was City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Witt. Councilwoman Weaver was absent.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance. Prayer was led by Rev. Raymond Hill of Otterbein United Methodist Church.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Tami Ozegovich, PIC, Discussed Adult Education Services at Carnegie Library.

Tom Currey, Health, Code and Zoning Officer gave the 2011 Planning Commission Report. He noted that the Planning Commission requests Council up the Building Permit fee from $25 to $30. They also requested Council consider the City doing their own UCC Inspections rather than have the County do them and collect for it. The City would have to hire someone qualified or train someone. The Planning Commission also requested an updated Land/Subdivision Ordinance, noting the current version was written in 1954.

Matthews requested Currey compile a list of qualifications needed for UCC Inspector and Council will consider looking into switching over.

Geyer question if the Subdivision Ordinance could be written in house or should a Consultant be hired. Currey stated he encourages the City to hire a Consultant due to the Subdivision being along the lines as Zoning, meaning it’s lengthy and involved. Currey explained what the Subdivision Ordinance would entail.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Beverly Opperman, Garden Club, requesting street closures for Geranium Festival.

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 2-1-2012: “To accept the minutes from the January 18, 2012 City Council Meeting.”

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

Resolution No. 2-2-2012: “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 and Matthews. The majority of votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report

Resolution No. 2-3-2012: “To block off Crawford Avenue between Arch Street and Pittsburgh Street on Friday evening, May 25th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM and close the same streets from 7 AM to 5:30 PM Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 10 AM to 5 PM; pending review and approval by the Chief of Police and Penn DOT.”

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

Resolution No. 2-4-2012: “To adopt Ordinance No. 1487, Bill No. 1 of 2011, An Ordinance of the City of Connellsville, County of Fayette and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, shall be known and cited as the City of Connellsville Stormwater Management Ordinance.”

Karpiak questioned Solicitor Witt as to what would happen if the City would vote against this ordinance.

Witt answered the City could lose their CDBG Money of approximately $300,000.

Karpiak noted it’s unfair to hold money over this council’s head to pass this ordinance.

Geyer stated this is unfunded mandates coming down from the state level that directly affect us at this table. It’s stuff that we don’t like to do but we have to hold our nose and do it sometimes because they will garnish funds that the City needs.

Ritch agreed to the unfairness that the State level would have the City pass an ordinance or lose $300,000 + dollars in funding.

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

Matthews stated the next resolution on the agenda is taking off due to new information given to the City by their pension providers.

Resolution No. 2-5-2012: “To adopt Ordinance No. 1489, Bill No. 3 of 2011, An Ordinance amending and supplementing Ordinance No. 1076, of the City of Connellsville approved August 12, 1974, which repealed Ordinance No. 1014 and its amendments and revisions, and as amended, repealed or otherwise revised by ordinance from time to time, relative to the establishment and maintenance of City Employees Pension, annuity, insurance and benefit fund or funds, to amend certain provisions of the Pension Plan or program applicable to the Police Employees of the City and to restate in its entirety such Pension Plan or Program.”

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

Resolution No. 2-6-2012: “To accept resignation of Geno Gallo from the Zoning Hearing Board effective January 18, 2012.”

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

Resolution No. 2-7-2012: “To appoint Jamie Cross to the Zoning Hearing Board, term to expire the first Monday in January 2014.”

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

Resolution No. 2-8-2012: “To appoint Mike Napolillo to the Zoning Hearing Board, term to expire the first Monday in January of 2017.”

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

Matthews stated the next two resolutions are on hold due to discrepancies of the expiration terms.

Resolution No. 2-9-2012: “To reappoint Patty Handford to the Connellsville Housing Authority, term to expire the first Monday in January of 2017.”

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

Resolution No. 2-10-2012: “That proper authorization is given to pay the following expenditures each and every month for the calendar year 2012. This action is retroactive to January 3, 2012: All public utilities; health, vision and dental premiums; traffic control under $500; police vehicle monthly leases; collection fees from Central Tax Bureau; Laurel Ridge Water; Cintas hall carpets; premiums for workmen’s compensation, liability and bonds; gasoline and diesel fuel; animal control; legal advertisements; and all contracted maintenance agreements.”

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

Resolution No. 2-11-2012: “To appoint Paychex Insurance Agency as the City’s Insurance Broker for Dental, Vision, Short Term Disability and Life Insurance effective March 1, 2012 and Health Insurance effective July 1, 2012.”

Matthews stated BC/BS won’t transfer this until the policy renewal date. Paychex will save us $128 a month along with a discount on payroll.

Matthews informed the employees this does not change the coverage, just the brokers.

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

GEYER:

Resolution No. 2-12-2012: “To pay all bills/expenditures for goods/services in excess of $500 as submitted: U.S. Municipal Supply, $513.43, Solenoid, vehicle maintenance; Widmer Engineering, $935.00, Stormwater Ordinance Modification.”

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

Resolution No. 2-13-2012: “To pay Mockenhaupt Benefits Group $600.00 for the completion of Act 205 Actuarial Reporting Form as of January 1, 2011 for the Firemen’s Pension.”

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

Resolution No. 2-14-2012: “To rescind Resolution No. 1-14-12.”

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

Resolution No. 2-15-2012: “To authorize the city treasurer to turn over all delinquent 2010 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 and Matthews. The majority of votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Geyer read the following resolution: “To authorize payment to Moore Trapping in the amount of $1,330.00 for emergency removal, placement and evaluation of exotic animals from hazardous conditions on September 8, 2011.”

There was no second to this resolution; therefore it died due to lack of a second.

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

Karpiak noted that the City has saved a lot of money on the salt with the good weather we have been having. Karpiak noted the guys on the street department are doing a great job on saving money with overtime and fixing vehicles.

Geyer thanked them for working on their own vehicles and saving money.

Resolution No. 2-16-2012: “To renew the Sodium Chloride contract with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of General Services, Bureau of Procurement, Costars Program, commencing August 1, 2012 and ending July 31, 2013.”

Geyer noted that this was something brought back from the League of Cities and has saved us money. The cost of going to the PA League of Cities has paid its toll.

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

Karpiak then announced on March 4th at New Haven Hose will be the 2nd Annual World Championship of the World Cornhole Tournament. “Doors open at 11:30 am and we will commence playing at 1 pm. There will be 80 teams and have pros and Joes. Husbands and wives come out and you will have some cool things to win. It will be $30 and Connellsville Parks and Recreation is the beneficiary. New Haven Hose is the beneficiary of the drinks and food. You can preregister and pay at City Hall, just see Shelley; she will get that taken care of. When you walk through the door you will get a ticket with a number. Since we are associating this with March madness, B A Lougherty will draw numbers and call fouls. What happens is if you are the holder of that number, you will be drawn out to the center and be given the chance to make a one on one by being given two bean bags. If you get them in then you get $50. We will keep doing that until we get rid of the money. The National Anthem will be sung by Tani Baysinger. Karpiak thanked Seth and Armstrong because the event will be televised again, play by play.

RITCH:

WEAVER’S DEPARTMENT WAS READ BY MAYOR MATTHEWS:

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

Resolution No. 2-17-2012: “To reappoint Johanna Harden to the Connellsville Board of Health, term to expire the first Monday in January of 2017.”

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

CITY TREASURER KELLER’S REPORT:

Resolution No. 2-18-2012: “To schedule an Executive Session at 5 PM on February 21, 2012 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

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

Resolution No. 2-19-2012: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on March 21, 2012 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

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

Resolution No. 2-20-2012: “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 and Matthews. The majority of votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

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