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April 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.

Invocation was led by Rev. Matt Goldsberry.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Linda Shearer, CAHS Patriots

Melissa Troutman, Mountain Watershed Association, Act 13 Challenge

Melissa Tzan, Recreation Board report

CORRESPONDENCE:

Connellsville Chamber of Commerce, July 3rd firework

Nancy Dye, John Woodruff Race, July 11th at 7 PM

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 4-1-2012: “To accept the minutes from the March 21, 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. 4-2-2012: “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, Geyer, Ritch and Weaver and Mayor Matthews. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Matthews thanked Councilman Geyer and the municipalities that helped with the G5 Conference. He further noted the meetings keep getting better each year with the City gaining helpful information from other municipality.

Police Department Report

National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 3rd
Community Yard Sales, Saturday, May 5th, held by Chamber of Commerce
City Wide Clean-up Day, Saturday, May 12th
National Letter Carrier Food Drive Day, May 12, 2012
South Side Elementary School, Race Street, May 24, 2012 (rain date May 30th) Student Fun Day
Geranium Festival, Saturday, May 26th from 10 AM till 5 PM
Wine Tasting at the Elks, Saturday, May 26th from 6 PM till 9 PM
Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 28th at 10 AM
Lions Club presents Kid’s Fest at Rock Starz, Monday, June 11th from 5 PM till 9 PM
Savor the Avenue, Saturday, August 11th, 4 pm to 9 pm, Crawford Avenue

Proclamation – Business and Professional Women

Proclamation – Equal Pay Day

Proclamation -- Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, 2012

Resolution No. 4-3-2012: “To block off all affected City Street for the following various events; pending review by the Chief of Police and PennDot:

--To close Race Street for South Side Elementary School Fun Day on May 24th

--For the Memorial Day Parade to be held on Monday 28, 2012 starting on the West Side of Crawford Avenue proceeding to downtown, turning left onto North Pittsburgh Street to the Memorial. Requesting the police to provide traffic control and authorization to obtain clearance for the use of one lane of Route 199 in front of the Memorial; and

--To close Crawford Avenue between Arch and Pittsburgh Streets on Friday, May 25th from 7 PM until 9 PM and also between 6:30 AM until 4 PM on Saturday, May 26th for the Connellsville Area Garden Club’s Annual Geranium Festival; and

--To close North Arch Street between West Crawford Avenue and Apple Street starting at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, July 3rd for the July 3rd fireworks; and

--To close certain City streets for short periods of time from 7:00 PM till 8:00 PM on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 for the 30th Annual John Woodruff 5K Run and Walk; further authorizing police and fire personnel to assist in traffic control.”

--To close Crawford Avenue between Pittsburgh Street and Arch Streets on August 11th from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM for Chamber of Commerce’s Savor the Avenue.”

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. 4-4-2012: “To accept the resignation of Daniel L. Cocks from the Connellsville Planning Commission retroactive March 27, 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.

Resolution No. 4-5-2012: “To reappoint James Stefano to the Connellsville Planning Commission; term to expire the first Monday in January 2016.”

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. 4-6-2012: “To approve the change order for the demolition project at 106 West Crawford Avenue in the amount of $3,800.”

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. 4-7-2012: “To direct the Redevelopment Authority to make final payment of $12,000 to Ritenour and Sons Construction for the demolition project at 106 West Crawford Avenue.”

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. 4-8-2012: “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 $ 300,000 for financial assistance under its Fiscal Year 2012 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 2012 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 April 2012 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 Karpiak, Geyer, Ritch and Weaver and Mayor Matthews. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

GEYER:

Geyer thanked everyone in the City who participated in the G5 Summit. Geyer thanked Solicitor Witt for heading up the Legal Session for us. He stated there was a lot of information that came out of that and he is glad our City is a part of that.

Geyer announced that the Trail Town Corp will be holding the wine tasting at the Elks on May 26th from 6 PM – 9 PM; tickets are $10 in advanced or $12 at the door.

Geyer then noted on the CAHS Patriots Auction and that he has always been able to attend it and announce it under his department.

PIC Job Fair (April 19, 2012) and Resume Building (April 25, 2012) at Carnegie Library and a mini job fair.

Resolution No. 4-9-2012: “To pay all bills/expenditures for goods/services in excess of $500 as submitted; Krumanacker Electric, $618.15, Police Traffic Control; Traffic Control Equipment and Supply, $3,107.00, Police Traffic Control.”

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. 4-10-2012: “To renew a contract with New Haven Hose Volunteer Fire Department to display two American Flags in front of City Hall and the Police Department on ten patriotic observed holidays for the total cost of $75.00; money is to be taken from Miscellaneous Contingencies.”

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. 4-11-2012: “To enter into an option to purchase, for the maximum amount of $200,000, the premises known as 225 North Sixth Street (Parcel ID 05-06-0544) for the sum of $1.00, pending review and approval by the City Solicitor; to retain the services of ACA Engineering to perform a Phase I Environmental Study of 225 N Sixth Street (Parcel ID 05-06-0544), pending consent by and execution of the option agreement with the property owner, at a cost of $2,000 to be paid from the General Funds Account for the purposes of evaluating any need for remediation and to assist in applying for and acquiring any remediation and redevelopment funding and grants, including but not limited to Brownfield Program Funding; and to approve applying for and acquiring any such remediation and redevelopment funding and grants, including but not limited to Brownfield Program Funding.”

Geyer explained that there is a lot packed into there. The City is looking into Brownfield Funding Grants to help alleviate any trouble with that parcel and demo those buildings. Geyer noted that this would clean up some of the City and by no means ties the City into spending $200,000. We are trying to get an agreement with the owner at that price along with the Phase I study to have the strongest Brownfield Funding Application. This gives us the best change.

Karpiak stated we could have an environmentally unfriendly piece of ground next to our river. “This will make a piece of our waterfront more valuable. There is no downside to what we are about to do here. We are not going to wait until it deteriorate.”

Geyer added that we will not need to keep dipping into our CDBG monies for demolition.

Matthews added that it will be easier to get an investor to look at that property. “We don’t have to buy this property and we don’t have $200,000.00 to buy this property.”

Weaver added that if it doesn’t work out that hopefully the City can get that money back.

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

Karpiak announced that the next resolution is to hire part-time summer worker that will be working weekends only, to start.

Resolution No. 4-12-2012: “To hire Brooke Miller, Calvin Nicholson, Shawn Sherwood, and Nicholas Pittsment, as part-time seasonal workers for the Public Works Department to work weekends in the City Parks; starting May15th. Salary to be set at $7.25 an hour, to be paid out of line item 01430-145, Seasonal Employees.”

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.

Karpiak added that the G5 Conference was worth it. He noted it works well for the City because you can borrow from each other and help one another out.

Karpiak then announced Connellsville Township is having a fundraiser for their fire department. They are having a cornhole tournament on April 21st. It will cost $25 per team. It will be rain or shine.

WEAVER:

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

Spring Clean Up Day, Saturday, May 12th

Resolution No. 4-13-2012: “To authorize payment to Moore Trapping in the amount of $1,000.00 for emergency removal, placement and evaluation of exotic animals from hazardous conditions on September 8, 2011.”

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. 4-14-2012: “To accept the resignation of Joshua Lee Hayward from the Connellsville Board of Health effective immediately.”

Weaver noted that Mr. Hayward is moving out of state, therefore having to resign.

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. 4-15-2012: “To appoint Daniel L. Cocks to the Connellsville Board of Health; term to expire the first Monday in January 2015.”

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

Weaver stated “I do not want to go into the reasons some may have for not wanting Dan on the Health Board. I am extremely disappointed in my fellow Councilmembers and the Mayor for their stand on this. I asked Daniel if he would be willing to serve on the Health Board because I felt he would be a good addition to the Health Board. I cannot recall any time in my business career when I have been so disappointed in the people I work with. I have been a Manager, a financial Manager and a Personnel Manager. I think I’m a pretty good judge of people that I want to work with. The next year and one half on Council is going to be very difficult for me. I can’t begin to tell you, the public, how disappointed I am in your Council and in your Mayor. Thank you.” Weaver then exited the meeting.

RITCH:

Recreation Department Report

Ritch stated the Bike for Books, Library Fundraiser on Saturday, May 19th at Yough Park

CITY TREASURER REPORT:

Resolution No. 4-16-2012: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on May 16, 2012 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

Karpiak stated “I’m sorry that Councilwoman Weaver left. I understand her, how she came to the conclusion of her choice. But understand that there are four other people that voted and they have understanding also. I’m not going to belabor the fact that I thought I was going to be the only no vote. I think that is something that needs to be known to the public, also. I’m sorry she feels that way.”

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

Resolution No. 4-17-2012: “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 Mayor Matthews. Weaver was absent. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

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