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May 16, 2012 City Council Minutes

May 16, 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 Karpiak, Weaver and Ritch. Also attending this meeting was City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Witt. Councilman Geyer was absent.

Rev. Suzanne Zampella gave invocation.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS: Nancy Henry discussed events in the City

Phyllis Conn discussed health issues she believes is caused by Act 13

Mary Grace Butela discussed Act 13

Melissa Troutman from Mountain Watershed Association discussed Act 13 and asked City Council if they are willing to pass a resolution stating their opposition to Act 13.

Councilwoman Weaver pointed out that there are good and bad with Act 13 but she would not want it in her back yard and supports the resolution (against Act 13).

Mayor Matthews stated that Act 13 has passed and we have to learn to live with it while it is in court. “After all these groups fight against it, I’m sure some of the zoning stuff will be taken out. The State is holding us hostage with the Impact Money that comes available. When you look at our budget, you will see that it’s hard for me to say yes or no to $20,000 or $30,000.” He further noted that “it takes a lot of land for one of these and I don’t think that they would pay all the property owners for their land to do this. I think we need to wait and see what happens with the lawsuit.”

Karpiak stated that he is in disbelief that the EPA and DPA have not done anything to help those who have had health issues due to the chemicals from the drilling. He further stated he agrees with the Mayor that the chance of Connellsville being used for drilling is slim to none due to limited space for it here. He stated he will not support the resolution at this time.

Ritch stated that he will not answer if he will support the resolution or not due to still being educated on it.

Phillis Conn further discussed and warned Council about health issues of Act 13

Joe Gumbley fromTrail Town Corp discussed what they were doing in the City

CORRESPONDENCE:

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 5-1-2012: “To accept the minutes from the April 18, 2012 City Council Meeting.”

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

Resolution No. 5-2-2012: “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, Weaver and Mayor Matthews. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report

Oaths for Auxiliary Police: Charles Sigwalt, Mary Sigwalt, Kelly Linko, Courtney O’Nell, Joshua Watson, Stanley Roll, Jamie Graham, James E. Dean, Edward Younkin and Patty Barnhart

Reminders:

May 19th , Hard to Recycle Drop Off at FC Fairgrounds beginning 9 AM until 2 PM May 19th , Bike for Books at Yough Park benefiting the library, register 8:30 AM & race at 10 PM May 25th , Yough Country Symposium at Yough Park beginning at 9 AM May 26th , Geranium Festival beginning 10 AM – 5 PM May 26th , Wine Tasting at the Elks beginning 6 PM – 9 PM May 27th , Golden Reunion and East Park Renovations dedication May 28th , Memorial Day Parade beginning at 10 AM; from West Side to the Memorial June 1st , American Legion Auxiliary’s Poppy Day June 7th , Bud Murphy’s Race for Autism beginning at 7 PM June 11th, Lions Club’s Kids Fest at Rock Starz beginning 5 PM until 9 PM June 16th, Lions Bike with Bud’s, info. available at Buds at Yough Trail Council June 23rd & 24th, Braddock’s Crossing and Art on the Yough Park

Mayor Matthews stated he, council and Treasurer Keller have met with someone concerning promoting economic development in the City.

Ritch stated this person is a former resident of the City and nephew of Lucy King.

Resolution No. 5-3-2012: “To ratify the agreement with Corporate Cost Solutions, dated April 24, 2012, and to authorize Corporate Cost Solutions to review the Workmen’s Compensation Audit for the City of Connellsville.”

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

Resolution No. 5-4-2012: “To accept the resignation of Dexston Reed from the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority effective immediately.”

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

*Direct appointment of Robert Shandorf to the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority; term expiring the first Monday of January 2014

Resolution No. 5-5-2012: “To appoint Robert Laugherty to the Connellsville Planning Commission; term to expire the first Monday of January 2016.”

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

Resolution No. 5-6-2012: “To grant permission to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 301 to sell poppies on Friday, June 1, 2012.”

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

Resolution No. 5-7-2012: “To adopt 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, Ritch, Weaver and Mayor Matthews. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 5-8-2012: “To retain Timothy J. Witt and the firm of Watson, Mundorff, Brooks and Sepic, LLP as City Solicitor effective the first Monday in May for a four year term expiring the first Monday in May of 2016. Salary to be in accordance with the City Budget and as set by City Council.”

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

Resolution No. 5-9-2012: “To retain Widmer Engineering as City Engineer effective the first Monday in May for a four year term expiring the first Monday in May of 2016. Salary to be in accordance with the City Budget and as set by City Council.”

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

Resolution No. 5-10-2012: “To approve Nicole Sigwalt as a police intern with the Connellsville Police Department effective immediately.”

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

Resolution No. 5-11-2012: “To close certain City streets on Thursday, June 7th for the Annual Highlands Hospital Bud Murphy Race for Autism beginning at 7:00 PM; pending approval of Police Chief.”

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

GEYER: ABSENT – ITEMS READ BY MAYOR MATTHEWS

Resolution No. 5-12-2012: “To authorize City Officials to attend the PA League of Cities at a cost of $265.00 per person.”

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

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

Karpiak stated “We will not post a street sweeper schedule this year. We do not have the help this summer like we had in the past that entitled us to send out people to cut grass and trim. We have to hit the grass whenever I can. Our schedule is up in the air about the street sweeper.”

Karpiak announced the next resolution has to do with the bridge going into South Connellsville that should be started this year.

Resolution No. 5-13-2012: “To grant to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation a 4,421-square-foot right of way and a 2,392-square-foot temporary construction easement on property identified as parcel I.D. No. 05-16-0048, as shown and described on plans previously provided to the City by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in exchange for compensation of $3,800.00, pending review by the City Engineer and the City Solicitor; and to authorize the Mayor and the Director of Public Works to execute all related documents on behalf of the City.”

Karpiak explained this basically means we sold some ground to the state so they can work on the bridge.

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

Karpiak explained the next resolution as the Polish Club is enlarging and out of space for their handicap parking. “The closest place they can utilize is the City’s handicap spaces. Without our help, they could not do their expansion. We see no problems in helping them.”

Resolution No. 5-14-2012: “To allow The Polish Independence Club of Connellsville (“The Polish Club”) to utilize, non-exclusively, the closest six parking spots in the South West corner of parcel 05-07-0260, a parking lot titled to the Connellsville Parking Authority, for handicap parking until such time as the Director of Public Works or City Council shall determine otherwise. This permission is conditioned upon 1) all work and materials being performed and furnished by The Polish Club, which shall indemnify the City, and being in accordance with page C-100 from the submitted and approved Site Plan SR-2261, at no cost to the City, and 2) all maintenance and upkeep for those six parking spots shall be the responsibility and expense of The Polish Club.”

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

Karpiak thanked the Connellsville Sportsman Club for the fish stalking they have done in the Yough River. “One of the great things about our town is our river and it has not been stalked in years.” He then explained the beach across from City Hall you are allowed to pull in there but not permitted to destroy it. “If it gets destroyed, we will close it down. We plan to make it look nice because it’s a good place to swim and fish and a great place for handicap persons.”

WEAVER:

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

Resolution No. 5-15-2012: “To introduce Bill No. 2 Ordinance No. 1491; AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING SECTION 301, CONFORMANCE TO CODES, AND SECTION 306, NONCONFORMING SIGNS, OF ORDINANCE NO. 1449 OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, THE SIGN ORDINANCE, TO MAKE CERTAIN PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO ALL SIGNS AND SIGN STRUCTURES.”

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

RITCH:

Recreation Department Report

Letter from Exquisite Event Planners - “doggy dash” that supports the Fayette Friends of Animals.

Resolution No. 5-16-2012: “To approve Exquisite Event Planners usage of East Park on September 15, 2012 for their dog walk event.”

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

Ritch stated the next resolution will complete the number of members on the Recreation Board on the City’s part. He further noted this woman has already attended the last meeting.

Resolution No. 5-17-2012: “To appoint Jacinta Stout Ptacek 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, Weaver and Mayor Matthews. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Ritch then stated Connellsville has a Medal of Honor recipient named Samuel Johnson. “We have an Eagle Scout project which is going to be completed here on our Veteran’s Plaza by Mike Parlak Jr. and his father.” Ritch noted there will be a plaque to honor Samuel Johnson. He discussed an event that is being planned with descendants of Johnson. “We are hoping to have this close to 9-11.”

Ritch added that donations are needed for the event being planned to honor Samuel Johnson.

Triathlon meeting is tomorrow night. Triathlon is scheduled for August 18th

CITY TREASURER KELLER’S REPORT:

Matthews stated he will be bringing the resolution that Melissa Troutman discussed before Council in June.

Resolution No. 5-18-2012: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on June 20, 2012 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

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

Resolution No. 5-19-2012: “That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.”

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

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