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August 15, 2012 City Council Minutes

August 8, 2012 Special Council Meeting Minutes This special 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, Geyer and Ritch. Also attending this meeting was City Clerk Tesauro and Solicitor Witt.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

CORRESPONDENCE:

City Church, Requesting use of City parking lot on September 8th for a carnival

Resolution No. 8-1-2012: “To block off the City parking lot located adjacent to City Church, 206 North Pittsburgh Street, on Saturday, September 8th from 8 AM to 8 PM for the City Church carnival.”

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

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 8-2-2012: “To approve the minutes from the July 18, 2012 City Council Meeting.”

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

Resolution No. 8-3-2012: “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 Councilpersons Weaver, Ritch, Geyer, Karpiak and Mayor Matthews. The majority of the votes being affirmative the resolution was adopted.

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Happy 100th Birthday to Dorothy Sechler Happy 60th Anniversary to Noble and Betty Hardy A cake was brought in as the audience and Council sang Happy Birthday to Mayor Matthews.

REMINDERS:

August 10th, Recreation Department casino trip, 5 PM – Midnight August 10th and 11th, I C Festival August 11th, Savor the Avenue, Crawford Avenue, 4 PM – 9 PM August 18th, Triathlon at Yough Park September 8th, Mum Festival on Crawford Avenue September 14th, Highland’s Walk, Run and Bike at Yough Park, 10 AM – 2 PM September 15th, Doggie Dash, East Park, 10 AM Matthew announced the Police Poker Ride is soon but unsure of the date, possibly August 19th

City Clerk Tesauro suggested anyone interested look on the City’s Website for the information

Matthews stated the reason for this meeting is to vote on adoption of the Zoning Ordinance. He noted that parts of the ordinance that do not work out can be changed by amending the ordinance. Matthews thanked the Steering Committee, Zoning Board, Planning Commission and everyone who gave their input.

Resolution No. 8-4-2012: “To adopt Bill No. 3, Ordinance No. 1492; AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, THE ZONING ORDINANCE.”

Mayor Matthews allowed Lucy King to speak: “I was happy to hear that you are going to revisit some of the issues. How long do you think it will take to amend it? Was it two or three months?”

Matthews answered that his intentions are in a couple of months is to take this with the three or four issues that we have to the Zoning Board at one of their meetings and discuss it with them. “After that, whatever the section or subsection is to bring it back and get the Solicitor involved to write a resolution and amendment to the ordinance. We would have to do the same thing as we did with this ordinance, introduce it at one Council Meeting and pass it at the next Council Meeting. Matthews stated.”

King questioned if Council had to go back to Fayette County Zoning after amending the ordinance. Solicitor Witt stated he would check on that.

Matthews stated that one thing Council is looking at is Single Family Duplexes in R-1. Another item they are looking at is the Mixed Use, Residential 1 and 2 and the height of buildings on Crawford Avenue. Matthews further stated “Those are the four that I have from the public meetings that I want to address with the boards and possibly the Planning Commission.” Matthews stated he believes the definition of Bed and Breakfast has been changed. He also added that the time line would be next month or October that there may be a Zoning Board Meeting to discuss the issues of the Zoning Ordinance.

King asked how many months until the ordinance will be changed.

Matthews said a couple of months to see because if the Zoning Board says “Leave it the same, we don’t see the use of changes then it could be over in two months.” King asked if Matthews will let the public know if there will be changes.

Matthews answered that it will be done by ordinance.

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

GEYER:

KARPIAK:

Karpiak read John Pastors letter of resignation. He then stated that John was a hard worker and talented guy. It is with reluctance that I accept his resignation.

Resolution No. 8-5-2012: “To accept the resignation of John Pastors from the Public Works Department effective on August 10, 2012.”

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

WEAVER:

RITCH:

Resolution No. 8-6-2012: “To authorize the Recreation Board to organize and hold fundraiser events, under the direction of the Director of Parks and Recreation, on City or non-City property and within or outside the bounds of the City, without the expenditure of City funds unless prior approval is obtained from City Council, and with the proceeds of such fundraisers to be used for Recreation Board purposes.”

Ritch explained that there is a bus trip that the Recreation Board is sponsoring on Friday to the Three Rivers Casino, we are also doing other fundraisers to help support Parks and Recreation.

“We are looking into providing security cameras for our parks. We are trying to raise money for those and for a batting cage.” He noted they have not been able to attain these things through grants. He explained the bus trip was organized through a company and is basically about $1,000.00 for each trip. “The bus leaves at 5 PM at the Martins then County Market. It is $25 per person; you receive $15 back in casino play and receive $5 back on any food item. The bus will return to Connellsville at midnight. “I asked the solicitors to look at that possibility, and of course in the code, we are and we can do that, but I thought just for insurance purposes and just to let Council know that this is probably the right thing to do.” Ritch stated.

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

August 10th, Connellsville Recreation Board’s 3 Rivers Casino bus trip: Bus leaves Martin’s Plaza at 5 PM and County Market Plaza at 5:15 PM. Bus will leave the casino at midnight. Cost is $25; in return you will receive $15 in free play and $5 food voucher. Contact Shelley or Vernon to sign up at 724-628-2020 ext. 201 or 301. Mayor Matthews thanked John Pastors for the job he had done. He then thanked the Recreation Board for the job that they have been doing. “I’ve heard nothing but praise from the last movie night at East Park.” Matthews stated. Matthews asked if anyone has ideas for the Community Center or wants to rent a space, please get ahold of City Hall and leave your name and number so Councilman Ritch can get ahold of you.

CITY TREASURER KELLER’S REPORT: not available

Resolution No. 8-7-2012: “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, Weaver and Mayor Matthews. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

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