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March 21, 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.

Invocation was led by Pastor Don Smith.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Jocelyn and Joe from Trail Town Corporation discussed SCA Earth Day

Johanna Harden discussed clean-up in the City

Corey Giles discussed construction permit, West Penn Power/work on the West Side

Sue McCarthy from Downtown Connellsville announced on March 27th at 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM will be the Elks Mixer. She further briefed on upcoming events such as the Geranium Festival, Golden Reunion and Farmers Market

Sue Wagner discussed the Connellsville Community Center

John King Twin Trees discussed the Connellsville Community Center

Les Strader discussed the Connellsville Community Center

Mayor Matthews, Councilpersons Ritch, Karpiak, Geyer and Weaver discussed their views on the Community Center and Community Center Board.

CORRESPONDENCE:

Pastor Don Smith, World Christian Outreach, Annual Palm Sunday march on April 1st at 12:30 PM till 1:30 PM

Resolution No. 3-1-2012: “To close certain City streets for World Christian Outreach’s Annual Palm Sunday march on April 1st beginning 12:30 PM till 1:30 PM; pending review of Police Chief and Penn DOT.”

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

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 3-2-2012: “To accept the minutes from the February 15, 2012 City Council Meeting.”

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

Resolution No. 3-3-2012: “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, Geyer, Ritch and Weaver and Mayor Matthews. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report

Resolution No. 3-4-2012: “To authorize the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority to submit the second payment for the demolition project to Ritenour and Sons Construction Co., Inc. in the amount of $35,000.00.”

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

Resolution No. 3-5-2012: “To accept the Connellsville Planning Commission’s recommendation to conditionally approve West Penn Powers’ Storage Yard expansion on the conditions that there is clarification and agreement by West Penn Power over responsibilities and ownership of affected storm sewers, Leisenring Avenue and the associated utilities, final technical review and written approval from the City Engineer, final review and written approval from the City Solicitor, and agreement of West Penn Power to reimburse the City for all review, inspection, documentation and drafting fees.”

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

GEYER:

Resolution No. 3-6-2012: “To introduce Ordinance No. 1490, Bill No. 1 of 2012, An Ordinance repealing Ordinance No. 1293 of the City of Connellsville, electing to amend its' Municipal Pension Plan administered by the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System pursuant to Article IV of the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Law; agreeing to be bound by all provisions of the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Law as amended and as applicable to member municipalities."

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

Resolution No. 3-7-2012: “To abate, and to exonerate the City Treasurer from collecting, 2012 City Real Estate Taxes on City owned properties, which shall be exempt from 2012 City Real Estate Taxes, known and located as follows: Connellsville Area Senior Center, 100 East Fayette Street, $1,581.90; Connellsville Community Center, lots 15, 23, and 31, East Fairview Avenue, $269.29; Connellsville Community Center, PT lot 7, South Cottage Avenue, $44.51.”

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

Resolution No. 3-8-2012: “To open all bids for the sale of property located at 108 West Washington Avenue, Parcel ID #05-15-0119, as advertised on March 9, 2012.”

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

One bid was received and opened by Mayor Matthews: Daniel G. Froble, Zachary D. Froble and Windy J. Tuffs, $30,000.00 bid with $1,000.00 check enclosed.

Resolution No. 3-9-2012: “To accept the bid of Daniel G. Froble, Zachary D. Froble and Windy J. Tuffs for the purchase of property located at 108 West Washington Avenue, Parcel ID #05-15-0119; and to enter into and execute all agreements necessary to sell the property to Daniel G. Froble, Zachary D. Froble and Windy J. Tuffs , pending review and approval by the City Solicitor”

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

Resolution No. 3-10-2012: “To authorize the Director of Accounts and Finance to make the full and final payment to the Department of General Services on the remaining balance owed on property located at 108 West Washington Avenue, Parcel ID #05-15-0119.”

Geyer stated the City still owes $22,400.00 and he plans to use money from a City savings account to pay this, noting this will put the Armory Building on the tax rolls this year.

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

Resolution No. 3-11-2012: “To pay Mockenhaupt Benefits Group $4,081.00 for Police Pension Plan’s consulting, actuarial and administrative services through January 31, 2012.”

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

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

Resolution No. 3-12-2012: “To advertise for summer workers for the Public Works Department; to be paid minimum wage of $7.25 an hour for 12 weeks at 37.5 hours per week.”

Geyer stated there is money in the budget to hire these workers.

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

Karpiak thanks everyone who supported the Cornhole Tournament.

WEAVER:

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

Annual Clean Up Day, Saturday, May 12th

Weaver thanked the Garden Club and everyone else who helped with the beautiful planters around town.

She then announced a benefit for the Wesley Health Center that offers curbside delivery. Wesley United Methodist Church, Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner (salad, bread, dessert and beverage), Saturday, April 21st from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Adults $7/children 12 and under $3

Resolution No. 3-13-2012: “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.”

Karpiak stated he understands this was an emergency situation and the City had to plan in place for emergency situations of numerous animals in a house. “The total bill is $1,330.00 and I think that is excessive.”

Matthews stated he had the breakdown of the bill which included $100 emergency call-out fee, noting that fee is not bad. He then stated one item on the bill stated “Hazardous Duty, $900.00”. Matthews stated he wants to see Mr. Moore and Council meet and discuss the bill to come up with an agreement. Matthews stated there were policemen in that building without hazmat uniforms on. He further stated he questions whether the City called Mr. Moore or the SPCA called him. Matthews then stated he believes Moore should be paid something, but feels the hazardous pay on the bill is excessive.

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Geyer and Weaver. Mayor Matthews, Karpiak and Ritch voted nay. The majority of the votes being negative, the resolution was not adopted.

RITCH:

Recreation Department Report

Ritch announced that when the persons responsible for vandalizing East Park are caught, charges will be pressed. He also stated they are adding another camera to the park. Ritch stated that the police can view East Park 24/7 on the computer.

Resolution No. 3-14-2012: “To authorize payment in the amount of $3,950.00 to R & J Network for stationary camera and installation at East Park.”

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

Ritch added the money comes from the Recreation Funds such as the money from the Cornhole Tournament and the Triathlon.

Matthews stated that the City will prosecute to the fullest extent possible the person or persons responsible for damaging East Park.

Bike for Books and Doggie Dash events at Yough Park

Geyer noted tomorrow is the third year the City has been involved in the G-conference and gave a brief of what will be discussed.

CITY TREASURER KELLER’S REPORT:

Matthews stated the Community Yard Sale is May 5th

Resolution No. 3-15-2012: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on April 18, 2012 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

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

Matthews wished everyone a happy Easter with a reminder of the Ministerial Associations Palm Sunday Walk. He invited everyone to participate in this walk.

Resolution No. 3-16-2012: “That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.”

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

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